Flu Prevention Tips for the Elderly


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Flu Prevention Tips for the Elderly

Elderly Care in Bellaire, TX

Elderly-Care-in-Bellaire-TXNow that the leaves have changed color and most people have had to dig out their winter coats due to the cooler weather, flu season is right around the corner. This common illness typically does not pose any severe harm to children or young adults, but could be fatal among seniors who are 65 and over. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that an average of 80 to 90 percent of flu-related deaths and 50 to 70 percent of flu-related hospitalizations occur in the 65 and older crowd. Older adults who receive senior care could easily contract flu germs by simply sitting in the waiting room of their doctor's office or by touching a door handle. While washing hands frequently, especially before eating, will help keep these bad germs away, there are other ways elders can prevent the flu from sneaking up on them.

Get a flu shot

The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get a flu vaccine because it will prevent they type of flu that is commonly being spread each year. Since the flu virus is not the same from year to year, medical professionals alter the vaccine in order to help it protect against the current virus. People over the age of 65 are at a high risk for flu-related complications, so getting the vaccine is their best chance at not contracting this illness.

Build up a healthy immune system

In order for us to feel our best and prevent the flu or colds from arising, we need to take care of our bodies. This especially holds true for seniors since their immune systems are usually weakened with age. Staying hydrated with plenty of water, eating a diet that is packed with healthy foods, and getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep will help keep the senior in your life healthy. If your loved one is receiving elder care, the caregiver will need to make sure they are making healthy choices constantly reminding them to drink water, creating a sleep schedule for them to follow, and stocking the refrigerator and pantry with healthy foods that will boost the older adult's immune system.

Stay away from sick people

Elders need to stay away from anyone who is sick to prevent catching it. This also means that caregivers and frequent visitors should not be stopping by until they are feeling 100 percent better.

Seek medical attention immediately

If the caregiver or in-home care aide notices any of the following symptoms, they should immediately be taken to the hospital to get treated before any complications occur. Symptoms to look for include:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Congested or runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Body aches
  • Chills
  • Vomiting and diarrhea are possible in some people

All of these symptoms do not have to occur for someone to have the flu. For example, someone could still have the flu even without a fever. However, if more than one of these symptoms are present, it is extremely important their doctor be notified as soon as possible.


Center for Disease Control and Prevention. "What You Should Know and Do this Flu Season If You Are 65 Years and Older."

National Council on Aging. "Flu + You."

The caregivers at SYNERGY HomeCare are available to talk with you and your family about all of your elder care needs. SYNERGY HomeCare is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable elderly care in Bellaire, TX and the surrounding areas. Call us for more information at 713-396-5211.

Mike Willett
Mike Willett

Michael Willett is the owner of the Synergy HomeCare Central Houston office, but is also the Regional Director for Synergy HomeCare in South Texas.  He currently acts as the owner and co-administrator of his owned & operated Synergy HomeCare franchise, but also develops the Synergy HomeCare franchise throughout Texas.  Mr. Willett joined Synergy HomeCare in August of 2006 and has built a very successful franchise over the past seven years.  Synergy HomeCare now has seven locations in Houston/Beaumont, Texas region, and plans to expand into several additional Texas markets within the next 12 months. Prior to his entrepreneurial venture into Synergy HomeCare, Mr. Willett was a portfolio manager for a Houston-based Investment Management firm.

Specialties: Mr. Willett is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.  After graduating from undergraduate school in 1993, Mr. Willett accepted a position as an analyst within the Valuation Service Group of Price Waterhouse in Chicago, Illinois.  Mr. Willett spent three years in financial consulting before transitioning into the world of investment management.

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