At one time or another, we’ve all caught the flu. It’s spread very easily; many times simply by talking to someone who has the flu. Small droplets travel through air and can get into the eyes, nose or mouth. Being close to someone who’s sick and coughing is probably the number one way the flu is transferred from person to person.
In older adults, flu may come on more slowly and last longer. If you have body aches, fever, cough and/or a sore throat, chances are you have the flu. These are the tell-tale symptoms.
While the flu can’t be stopped in its tracks, there are ways the risk of getting it can be lessened.
Flu prevention takes a number of forms. First, under the guidance of your physician, see if a flu shot is right for you. Getting a flu shot is important for older adults because they are more susceptible.
Next, stay away from those who are sick. Make sure to wash your hands frequently using soap and warm water. Or use anti-bacterial hand gel.
Over 30 years the CDC measured the number of deaths each year among different age groups. For those 65 years and older, the CDC reported the average number of deaths during this time as more than 5,500. This age group suffers more flu deaths than any other.
Do all you can not to become a statistic by keeping an eye on your health and any flu-related symptoms.
This blog is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your health or medical needs.