Helping Senior Citizens During Flu Season
By Randi Morse
When the cold and flu season hits it's easy to panic. The last thing most of us want is to get sick because no one likes feeling horrible. Most of us will be perfectly fine after the flu runs its course. We may feel horrible for quite some time but it shouldn't affect us too adversely. People who are immunocompromised, or who are elderly, are at much more risk of becoming hospitalized. The good news is that we can help our senior citizens to remain healthy during the cold and flu season to reduce the chance of the bug getting passed on to someone who is at-risk.
Get the Flu Shot
If you're around your loved one on a regular basis, not only should you get the flu shot, you should help them to get it as well. Flu vaccines are designed to help combat whatever strain of flu is currently making its rounds, and while it's still possible to get the flu even if you've had a flu shot, the resulting illness shouldn't be nearly as bad. This is because the vaccine helps your immune system to fight back against the flu virus. If you have an elderly loved one, help transport them to their doctors office to get the vaccine.
When the flu season is at its peak it's best for senior citizens to stay inside as much as they possibly can. Help them out by doing their errands for them. Have them make a list of everything they need and make an errand run for them. Make sure you thoroughly wash your hands as soon as you come into the house with their items to limit the possibility of transmitting any viruses you may have.
You may feel bad about avoiding your loved one for a time, but in reality you are doing the best thing for them. A virus that may just be annoying to you could be devastating to a senior citizen. Their immune systems aren't as robust as they used to be. If you have any symptoms of a cold or flu, including a store throat, cough, or runny nose, stay away from your loved one. Keep in contact in other ways, call them or take the opportunity to help them learn how video chat works.
Elderly people and those who are immunocompromised need our help during the cold and flu season. They need us to stay as healthy as we can and to stay away from them if we are sick. By helping run their errands and getting the flu shot, we're doing everything we can to keep our older loved ones healthy.
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