Cooler weather, red and gold tinted falling leaves and the comforting aroma of pumpkin and cinnamon spices accompany the arrival of October. Unfortunately, so does flu season.
“Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses,” according to Flu.gov. “It spreads between people and can cause mild to severe illness. In some cases, the flu can lead to death. In the United States, flu season occurs in the fall and winter. Seasonal flu activity usually peaks in January or February, but it can occur as early as October.”
Flu viruses spread by the transmission of droplets when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. “These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Less often, a person might also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.”
Signs and symptoms of the flu include:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills (it’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Vomiting and diarrhea
People 65 years and older are at a greater risk of obtaining and suffering serious complications of the flu. “During most seasons, it's estimated that 90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths and between 50 and 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations in the United States occur in people 65 years and older,” according to the CDC. “This is because human immune defenses become weaker with age.”
People 65 years and older now have the option to choose between a regular dose flu vaccine and a newer flu vaccine with a higher dosage, designed for people 65 and older. “The high dose vaccine is associated with a stronger immune response to vaccination (higher antibody production),” according to the CDC. “A recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine indicated that the high-dose vaccine was 24.2 percent more effective in preventing the flu in adults 65 years of age and older relative to a standard-dose vaccine.”
Do you fear that your loved one is vulnerable to the flu virus? We at Synergy HomeCare Corona/Riverside want to encourage you and your loved ones to stay happy and healthy this holiday season. Follow these tips to protect yourself and your family this flu season:
- Get your flu shot.The best way to prevent the flu is with a flu vaccine.
- Practice good health habits. Cover your cough, wash you hands often and avoid people who are sick.
- Seek medical advice quickly if you develop flu symptoms to see whether you might need medical evaluation or treatment with antiviral drugs.
About SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside
Synergy HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside is the name you can trust in Corona, Norco, Riverside, Chino, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar for personal home care. Synergy HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside is part of a national franchise of non-medical home care offices dedicated to providing exceptional and affordable service to anyone of any age. Synergy HomeCare caregivers are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, to those in need - including seniors, expectant moms, those suffering from sports injuries and debilitating illnesses, and more. Synergy HomeCare of Corona & Riverside can be found online at /agencies/ca/corona/ca18/. The location also hosts active social media pages on Facebook and Twitter. Ken and Anna can be reached at 951-280-9808 and [email protected] .