Flu season is here again. Unfortunately, older adults are one of the most vulnerable groups to get sick because of their weaker immune system due to age and made worse by chronic health conditions.
If not treated early, the flu can quickly develop into a severe illness and could cause death. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 70-90% of flu-related deaths in people who are age 65 and older.
Thus, here are Two Caring Hearts ; your primary choice of home care in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, flu prevention tips.
- Eat healthy, get added Vitamin C.
A little extra (but not too much) Vitamin C can reduce the risk of getting sick according to some studies. Also, adding enough protein to your diet can boost your immune system.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
Before spreading into the body, germs and viruses can be easily trapped when our nasal passages stay moist by drinking plenty of fluids, especially plain water or hot tea.
- Exercise regularly.
Though they may not have lots of endurance, senior care in Pennsylvania, suggests them to exercise regularly as this could boost their immune system.
- Sanitize hands thoroughly and often.
Make sure to thoroughly wash your hands as frequently as possible. Hand sanitizers may also be a good option for older adults who can’t easily get up to wash their hands. Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay away from people who are sick.
It might sound obvious but be sure to keep your distance from people who are sick. Try to also avoid large groups of people, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Both increase the chance of catching flu from an infected person.