Adults 65 and older are at more risk of developing the Flu than the rest of the population. Data provided by the Center for Disease Control shows that this this age group makes up 70% of all flu related hospitalizations every year. The immune system simply weakens with age.
Here’s what you can do to be as safe as possible:
- Get your Flu Shot: The single most important thing you can do is get vaccinated. As always: Consult with your doctor before trying anything and get their expert medical opinion.
- The next best things you can do are to practice good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently and after every time you’ve used the bathroom, cover your coughs, and don’t go near people who are sick.
- If you do start to develop flu like symptoms, you need to see a doctor right away. You need to be treated with antiviral drugs, which work most effectively when given within two days of symptoms. Symptoms include: Coughing, fever, sore throat, runny/stuffed nose, body aches/chills, headaches, and fatigue. Some also experience vomiting and diarrhea, and some people get the flu without the fever but with respiratory problems.
Taking these simple steps will dramatically lower your chance of developing the flu this year. Just make sure to get the vaccine, practice good health habits, and if any symptoms appear get help immediately!