Flu Prevention for Seniors
One might think that Flu season is behind us, but the fact is that it lasts well into spring. Now is often the time that a resurgence of flu begins to happen as people become less careful about their behaviors. That being said, it’s important to remember that seniors and their caregivers are two of the most likely groups to catch the flu every year.
While this year has been different than most, much of what we have learned by going through a pandemic can be applied to helping to avoid the flu and other illnesses. Wearing masks and staying at least six feet away has helped many avoid not just COVID, but colds and the flu as well.
With the end of the pandemic in sight, it’s time to put the most effective ways to keep the flu at bay back into rotation.
Flu Prevention, Keeping Healthy
The best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu vaccine. It greatly reduces the chances of getting the flu, and moreover, it protects against the severity of the disease, and minimizes the chances of complications in the event somebody catches the flu.
Following some of the protocols we’ve learned from COVID can also be a great benefit during flu season. Frequent hand washing or hand sanitizing for at least twenty seconds can help keep colds and flu in check. In addition, avoiding touching of the eyes, nose, or mouth keeps germs away from the body and can keep one healthy.
Keep things clean! That means cleaning the house and surfaces regularly and keeping all mobile electronics sanitized as well.
Flu Prevention, Avoid the Germs
Aside from the heavy hitters mentioned above, there are other ways one can avoid contracting the flu. While they may not seem quite as robust as what’s already been discussed, these are sure-fire ways to make contracting the virus more difficult.
Stay away from people who are sick. This is sometimes more difficult than it sounds, especially if an individual is living in a retirement community or nursing home where it’s difficult to keep away from people who might be sick, or who might have been around somebody else who was. A great way to avoid sick people is to avoid crowds. If there is no choice but to be around other people or venture into a crowd, be certain to try and stay as far away from others as possible.
Something as simple as drinking plenty of liquids can help the body be ready to tackle would-be invaders. Hydration is important!
Staying healthy is important for seniors, now more than ever. Keeping up a routine that includes plenty of water, exercise, and a nutritious diet can all help fight off disease, and that’s just what the doctor ordered.