Each year, the flu grips the nation by storm. Some end up with pneumonia and can’t beat it, others miss days or even weeks of work trying to recover. The elderly have a higher risk of dealing with serious problems due to the flu. To avoid complications and serious illness, the CDC recommends getting a flu shot by the end of October.
You may be wondering how bad the flu season will be this year. Media outlets are reporting that it’s going to be the worst flu season ever. Is that accurate?
Australia Triggered Many of the Reports
By October 7, the CDC reported that fewer people were going to see a doctor with signs of the flu. While sporadic flu activity was experienced, 10 states didn’t have any signs of the flu. Those states were:
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
It’s also very early in the flu season. Typically, the season picks up as holiday gatherings begin. December, January, February, and March tend to be the most active months for the flu.
In Australia, it’s said that the continent is having the worst flu season ever. Australia has winter while the U.S. is in summer. The reports coming from that continent are often considered a good indicator of the flu season to come.
At the end of September, Australia’s National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System reported 195,312 lab-confirmed flu cases. Almost 9 percent of people with confirmed cases were admitted to the ICU. By the end of September, more than 400 people had died. The median age of those who succumbed to the virus was 85.
Take Precautions by Ensuring Your Parent Gets a Flu Shot
If the flu season is that bad, you need to take precautions to keep your parent safe. Washing hands regularly is one way to help prevent the disease. The flu shot is also important.
Make sure your elderly parent gets a flu shot. Some areas are having a harder time getting the high-dose flu vaccine in hand. Rather than delay it, make sure your mom or dad get the normal flu shot. High-dose
is better if it’s available, but the regular flu vaccine is far better than nothing.
If your mom or dad comes down with the flu, you need to make sure they rest and eat and drink properly. To do this, you may need to hire a senior care professional.
Caregivers will help them with meal preparation, make sure they get plenty of rest, and handle the cleaning to help keep the spread of germs to a minimum. Learn more by calling a senior care agency as soon as possible.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Brick, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.
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