Cool breezes and vibrant fall foliage tend to be accompanied by fevers, coughs, and sore throats during the start of the holiday season. Unfortunately, fall and flu season arrive hand-in-hand, and the flu can act as a dangerous, potentially deadly virus to those infected.
Adults 65 and older are at greater risk of suffering serious complications caused by the flu. People 65 and older account for about 90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths and more than 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In order to avoid contracting the flu this season, follow these CDC tips:
- Get your flu shot – the best way to prevent the flu is with a flu vaccine. CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available in your community. A flu vaccine protects against flu viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. The vaccine has been updated for this season and immunity wanes over a year, so you should get vaccinated this year even if you were vaccinated last season. Immunity sets in about two weeks after vaccination. People 65 years and older have two flu shots available to choose from – a regular dose flu vaccine and a newer flu vaccine designed for people 65 and older with a higher dose. The high dose vaccine is associated with a stronger immune response to vaccination. However, whether the stronger immune response results in greater protection against influenza illness in older adults is not yet known. The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices have not expressed a preference for either vaccine.
- Practice good health habits – cover your coughs, wash your hands often, and avoid people who are sick.
- Seek medical advice quickly if you develop flu symptoms – see whether you might need medical evaluation or treatment with antiviral drugs. It's very important that antiviral drugs be used early to treat flu in people who are very sick with flu (for example, people who are in the hospital), and people who are sick with flu and have a greater chance of getting serious flu complications, like people 65 and older.
Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea, according to the CDC. People may be infected with the flu and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.
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