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Flu Prevention in the Elderly in New York

Flu Prevention for Seniors living in New York City

Mature senior Caucasian couple having breakfast together.Every year flu season hits and it can be a horrible time of year for both caregivers, loved ones, and parents. Flu Prevention is important and Alvita Home Care supports all New York City individuals in taking the necessary steps to ensure that those you are in contact with are happy and healthy.

While we require all of our caregivers to either receive their flu shot or wear a mask, not every individual your loved one comes in contact with may do the same. Flu shots have become extremely important in our society today and is a large initiative taken upon by the health community. Even so, prevention is important and we want to help provide you with the information you may need to hep prevention flu season from affecting you.

Each year over 100,000 people will contact the flu and be hospitalized and even more die as a result of inadequate care after coming in contact with flu symptoms. While the elderly suffers the most, those in their seventies or older are at a higher risk due to a decreased immune system. The common flu that occurs seasonally is one of the most contagious illnesses. This happens as drops in someone’s respiratory system spreads between individuals from sneezing or coughing. Additionally, if you or your loved one touch something such as a railing, a door knob, or anything else that has the flu virus on it, this can spread to you unintentionally as well.

An elderly individual can remain sick and contagious anywhere from one to five days when they have the flu virus in their system. Due to this, many individuals may not believe they are sick, or that they are already feeling better and accidentally spread the flu unintentionally. At Alvita Care we feel it is important to constantly remind our caregivers to take preventative measures towards the flu virus for the safety of our clients and themselves. In a normal year, the flu is most prevalent from October until the end of February but It can run longer depending on the year and the particular strain of flu common. Common flu prevention and healing methods include drinking fluids, rest, constantly washing one’s hands or using hand sanitizer. Often over the counter or doctor prescribed medications such as Tamiflu, Nyquil/Dayquil, and Relenza can help with flu systems, but Alvita Care recommends all individuals to consult with their doctor before taking such medication.

Common flu symptoms typically include having the chills, a fever, sinus congestion, and often individuals will have a headache, sore throat, and a cough. It is not uncommon to feel extremely tired and achy during this time. While not all individuals experience nausea, vomiting and other stomach problems it can happen occasionally. Elderly New York City individuals are at a much higher risk when it comes to recovering from the flu. This is because they are more vulnerable and easily susceptible to contracting flu symptoms. In the elderly, the flu can often turn into pneumonia and other diseases and this is often how these viruses can become the largest problem. Those with health conditions such as a previous congestive heart failure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, or those who may have had renal failure in the past should be especially monitored in these situations. Alvita Care recommends that individuals are monitored closely for signs of dehydration and that they are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids when recovering from the flu.

A few other measures for one to take to avoid contracting flu symptoms would include avoiding crowded places during flu season, if you do become sick avoid work as to not spread symptoms to others, and ensure you and your loved ones are vaccinated early before flu season begins. Practicing good hygiene as previously mentioned before is extremely important. Alvita Care encourages you to wash your hands whenever you have been in a crowded area and after touching door knobs or railings in public areas. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze and avoid those whom are sick.

Alvita Home Care is here in New York City to help you with anything you may need during flu season. Whether you or your loved ones need help scheduling a doctor’s appointment, or have additionally questions in helping to prevent the flu we are available to answer your questions. Additionally, if you are feeling symptoms of the flu or if your loved one becomes sick, we encourage you to consult your doctor as soon as possible to receive treatment. Please give us a call today at 212-273-0490, we are ready and willing to help you beat flu season this year!

Works Cited:
http://www.aplaceformom.com/senior-care-resources/articles/senior-flu-prevention

About AlvitaCare

Alvita Care is a fully licensed home healthcare company providing premier in home caregiver services to seniors living in New York City and on Long Island NY. With offices in Midtown Manhattan and Hauppauge NY, Alvita Care was founded in 2008 upon the idea of "Care Without Compromise". Our care-giving services enhance seniors' lives, by improving their well-being, dignity and independence. We have earned The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval and pride ourselves with our proprietary caregiver matching process that carefully matches our experience caregivers to each client based on personality and technical skills needed. Alvita Care can help whether you need assistance for several hours a few times a week or you require live-in or around-the-clock assistance. Our caregivers provide assurance and relief to families by relieving their anxiety, knowing that their loved one is safe, happy and lovingly cared for.