With the recent change in weather, we enter the dreaded flu season and the risk of flu like symptoms turning into something far more serious.
The spread of flu and associated symptoms is a very serious issue in residential care, as elderly residents are particularly vulnerable to the threat of influenza and further complications due to advanced age and associated lower immunity.
OVER 65’S AT GREATEST RISK
A communal type living environment facilitates the spread of respiratory agents and during most ‘flu seasons’, those over the age of 65 years bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease. Past research by independent third parties has found that up to 85% of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older and up to 70% of flu-related hospitalizations have occurred amongst the same age group.
TAKE ACTION THIS SEASON
How you can take action this flu season:
- Get your flu shot – Flu vaccines are updated each season to keep up with evolving viruses. Yearly vaccinations are essential to ensure the best possible protection.
- Practice good health habits– this includes covering coughs, washing hands often and avoiding people who are sick.
- Seek medical advice quickly if you develop flu symptoms– see your doctor as soon as you start to experience any symptoms. Treatment within the first 2 days has the most benefit.
- Stay up to date with your pneumococcal vaccines – these protect against diseases like pneumonia, meningitis and bloodstream infections.
Chat to your GP about how you can best guard against flu and related complications and protect yourself and your loved ones through the colder months.
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