Why is flu season more dangerous for the elderly and how can you prevent it?
The flu is more dangerous for older adults for many reasons. One is that the immune system — which helps our bodies fight infections weakened as we age. Another reason is that older adults are also more prone to have other health conditions, that increase the risk of complications from the flu.
The good news is that the flu vaccine reduces your risk of getting the flu and of getting seriously ill if you do get sick with the flu. Flu vaccines are especially helpful for those with chronic health issues.
So…how can you prevent the flu?
The most effective way to prevent the flu is to get the flu vaccine every year. The vaccine not only makes it less likely that you will get the flu it also reduces your chances of being hospitalized or dying if you do get the flu.
In addition to getting the flu vaccine, you can help stop the spread of flu by:
• Washing your hands
• Covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze
• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
• Staying home when you are sick
• Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
• Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school