INFLUENZA IN THE ELDERLY
People with multiple medical problems are at a higher risk to have complications if they contract the flu.
Older adults aged 65 and older have an increased risk of developing complications, being hospitalized, or dying from influenza.
- SORE THROAT
- RUNNY NOSE
- BODYACHES AND PAINS
Frequent complications from the flu can include…
- Death or extended hospital stays
- Avoid close contact
- Get a flu shot
- Cover your mouth & nose
- Wash your hands
- Eat healthy, drink plenty of fluids
- Get an adequate amount of sleep
The flu shot is an inactivate vaccine made up of the dead virus. The viruses in the flu vaccine are dead, therefor the shot won’t cause you to get the flu. Some people have cold like symptoms following the flu because they were immuno-compromised at the time for the injection.
Places you can get a flu shot:
- Your local pharmacy
- Your primary care physician
- Urgent care centers
Do I need a flu shot each year?
- Flu vaccines are updated each season to keep up with changing viruses. Immunity wares off each year so annual vaccination is needed to ensure the best possible protection against influenza.
Antivirals, such as Tamiflu: This medication works best when taken within 48 hours of your first symptoms.
- One of the key things to do for people with the flu are to treat the symptoms, such as Tylenol for fevers/ pain and to drink plenty of fluids.
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