With cooler weather comes flu season. And, like every year, there are things you can do to avoid this unpleasant “bug.” According to the Center for Disease Control, seniors are particularly susceptive to the flu virus, and are also at a higher risk of experiencing complications from the flu, resulting in serious illness.
Transmission of sickness is easy. When someone nearby coughs or sneezes, sending out germs into the air, it’s only a matter of time those microscopic, contaminated droplets reach your air passage and enter your immune system. Another way to contract the flu is from touching a contaminated surface. When you come in contact with a germ-infested surface and put your hands on your eyes, nose, or mouth, your fingers bring the virus directly into your body.
Staying healthy takes a little more effort. Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself, your family, and neighbors. The flu vaccine works by causing the body to develop antibodies that provide protection against infection. Viruses that cause various flu strains evolve over time, and each season’s vaccine contains a different mix of inactive viruses.
If you are not feeling well, stay home and take care of yourself. Avoid visiting facilities where people with poor immune systems reside, as many may be very vulnerable to the flu. If you have further questions, please follow up with your health care provider or visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu.