The National Influenza Vaccination Week will begin December 4th and run through the 10th. Unlike years past there is no shortage of vaccine to cause panic and, according to the figures reported to date, a few more people are getting vaccinated this year than last.
The vaccine is recommended for anyone over the age of six months and has always been recommended to seniors as a very important preventive measure. Complications from flu can be very dangerous for seniors, especially those suffering from asthma or those who had heart problems prior to the infection.
Flu symptoms include fever, chills, body aches, headaches, coughing, runny nose and sore throat. Common flu complications could include pneumonia, bronchitis and sinusitis. Those with chronic diseases like congestive heart failure and diabetes could be prone to even more serious complications after being infected by the flu virus.
Anyone caring for an elderly family member should be sure to take action when it comes to the flu vaccine. A home health aide can help you find a doctor, clinic or pharmacy close by that offers the flu vaccine and even accompany your elderly loved on to the appointment. Having a home health aide to assist with providing care to your elderly loved one can make getting through cold and flu season much easier and much less stressful.