While COVID-19 continues to dominate our overall health concerns, it’s important to remember that other illnesses can be equally as dangerous, particularly for older adults. Flu season has arrived, and it’s time to make sure that the seniors you love are protected with one of currently recommended flu vaccine options for seniors.
There are several flu vaccines available, some that are more fit for seniors. These include:
- High-dose vaccines
- Adjuvanted vaccines
- Intradermal vaccines
- Nasal spray vaccines
Generally, adults over the age of 65 are encouraged to receive either an adjuvanted or high-dose shot, but seek advice from the physician for his or her recommendation.
If an older adult is reluctant to receive a flu shot, here are some important reasons to educate them on why it is so beneficial:
- The immune system weakens as the body ages, making it more difficult to recover from infections.
- Serious complications due to the flu are more frequent in the elderly.
- 85% of flu-related deaths and up to 70% of flu-related hospitalizations occur in those over the age of 65.
- Secondary infections, such as ear and sinus infections, bronchitis, and even pneumonia can develop from contracting the flu.
In conjunction with receiving the seasonal flu vaccine, seniors can boost their immunity through:
- Maintaining a healthy diet that includes foods high in vitamin C, D, and zinc, along with lean proteins and complex carbs.
- Staying physically active with regular exercise every day. Thirty minutes each day is perfect, and can be broken down into smaller segments throughout the day.
- Keeping the environment sanitized and clean. A HEPA filter can also help with improving indoor air quality.
- Improving sleeping habits, aiming for eight hours of sleep every night. Implementing a routine at bedtime to include calming activities, limiting TV and technology, and keeping the room cool and dark are all methods to help.
Keep in mind that following COVID-19 safety guidelines can help with avoiding other illnesses as well. Wash hands frequently, practice physical distancing, wear a face covering, and avoid large crowds.
Lend a Hand Home Care’s caregivers are available to help! Let us provide transportation and accompaniment to doctors’ appointments and to receive a flu shot, in combination with our full range of in-home care services. We can also prepare nourishing meals, encourage older adults to engage in regular exercise, and more. Take the first step towards improving overall health for an older adult by calling us at (775) 322-8414 or contacting us online to learn more about our Sparks seniors care services, also available in the surrounding area, or to request a complimentary in-home consultation.