Here’s What You Need to Know about Seniors and Flu Season
Another summer has come and gone, and that means cold and flu season is right around the corner. With the cooler weather and shorter days comes more time indoors and increased risk of picking up “what’s going around.” When you’re making plans to head to the doctor for a flu shot, don’t forgot to make plans for the seniors in your life, as well.
Not All Shots are Created Equal
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “Fluzone, Fluzone High-Dose, Fluzone Intradermal Quadrivalent, and Fluzone Quadrivalent are all injectable influenza vaccines made to protect against the flu strains most likely to cause illness for that particular flu season.” Certain vaccines, including Fluzone High-Dose, are specifically designed for people 65 and older:
Human immune defenses become weaker with age, which places older people at greater risk of severe illness from influenza. Also, ageing decreases the body’s ability to have a good immune response after getting influenza vaccine. A higher dose of antigen in the vaccine is supposed to give older people a better immune response, and therefore, better protection against flu. (CDC)
If you’re wondering how to broach the topic of getting a flu shot for your aging loved one, here are some questions you can ask your doctor to help you make the best decision for the seniors in your life.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
- Am I or my loved one well enough for a flu shot?
- Which flu shot would you recommend for someone my age and level of health?
- What are the common reactions of this vaccine?
- What kind of reactions warrant concern?
- Who should I contact if I have an adverse reaction?
At Senior Living Management, we are committed to helping seniors and their families live fully and richly every day of the year. To learn more about SLM, or to discuss a loved one already part of an SLM community, contact our helpful senior care experts today.