10 cold and flu prevention tips reduce risk for seniors and caregivers
That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Some people can be infected with a flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those people may still spread the virus to others.
The best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu vaccine. Adjusted every year to better protect against the current flu strand, seniors and their caregivers should get the flu shot every year. The CDC has found that the flu vaccination can reduce the risk of flu illness by 40%-60%.
Older adults are at higher risk of serious flu and flu-related complications including pneumonia and hospitalization. But there are also other risks that may not be as obvious—flu increases the risk of heart attack by 3-5 times and stroke by 2-3 times in the first 2 weeks of infection for those 65+.
Keep your distance from anyone who’s coughing, sneezing, or has other symptoms of a cold or virus.
“Avoiding close contact is probably helpful, but not a guarantee,” she said. Sleeping in the same bed will increase your chances of contracting your spouse’s illness but often can’t be avoided, Dr. Thompson said. “You can’t move out of the house.”
By practicing a few simple rules at home, you can help keep your family healthy and prevent the flu from spreading.
Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent is a four-component (quadrivalent) flu vaccine approved for people 65 years and older.
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The American Dietetic Association says eating healthfully is a great way to boost immunity and prevent flu. Diets that are plentiful in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy, healthy fats, and more can provide a wide array of nutrients and antioxidants that can help boost the immune system.
Symptoms of a flu typically last for around five to seven days. For some older adults, particularly those with high risk factors, the flu may last one to two weeks. Some have reported experiencing cough and fatigue for up to three weeks.
There’s no cure for the flu, so the virus must run its course. Symptoms do respond to over-the-counter cold and flu medications, though. You can take ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) as directed for pain and a fever. It’s important to get plenty of rest to strengthen your immune system and fight the virus.
In an older person, feeling weak or confused may be the only sign of having the flu. Influenza can become a life-threatening illness in older adults and other high-risk groups of people.
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Research indicates that many of us are turning away from the over-the-counter medicines we grew up with and toward natural cold and flu remedies, like vitamin C, zinc, echinacea, and others. Last year, we spent more than $1.5 billion on supplements to boost immunity and help ward off colds and the flu.
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