For seniors, the flu vaccine is an important way to prevent illness. People over the age of 65 living in Australia receive a free influenza vaccine, and they should take advantage of the National Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program.
Getting vaccinated for the flu is just one way seniors can manage their health. Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional home care. Newcastle, NSW, Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Here are a few reasons everyone over the age of 65 should get a flu shot this season.
Reduce the Risk of Death
In Australia, 3,500 people die from the flu each year. People often associate the flu with sneezing, headaches, and a few days of bed rest. However, the flu can be a serious illness, and it’s important to treat it as such. Australians over the age of 65 are a particularly vulnerable demographic. It’s estimated that 2.8 percent of deaths in this demographic are caused by the flu.
Avoid Exacerbating Chronic Illnesses
For people with chronic illnesses, the flu can be especially debilitating. Because elderly people are more likely to be affected by chronic ailments, catching a bad case of the flu can have severe consequences. The flu can lead to the worsening of several health concerns, including diabetes, asthma, kidney disease, heart conditions, and neurological conditions. Seniors who live with chronic conditions should make sure to get a free flu shot this season.
Older adults with chronic health conditions often need help around the house. If your ageing loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. Newcastle seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers.
Protect Weakened Immune Systems
As people age, their immune systems become weaker. For Australians over 65, this means their bodies may not be equipped to fend off harmful viruses. Bodies are slower to respond to unwanted invaders, and they heal less quickly after a bad bout of flu. Flu vaccines help protect the body when immune systems let down their guard. Though flu shots have a measurable, positive impact on the elderly, many Australians over the age of 65 don’t get their annual vaccines, with as many as 25 percent skipping their shot.
Prevent Flu-Related Complications
For most people, catching the flu means a week’s worth of bed rest and a few unpleasant symptoms. For some, flu-related complications can lead to hospitalisation and cause several serious ailments, including ear infections, sinus infections, bronchitis, and pneumonia. The best way to prevent these flu-related complications is by preventing the flu itself.
Fend Off Common Viruses
Every flu season, scientists create vaccines that match circulating viruses. This ensures seniors who get the free flu vaccine are protected from the viruses they’re most likely to come into contact with.
The flu shots made for the Australian 2017 season contain four virus strains. There are three flu vaccines seniors are eligible to receive under the National Immunisation Program: FluQuadri, Fluarix Tetra, and Afluria Quad. These vaccines are latex-free, which means people with latex allergies don’t need to worry. Seniors who have questions about which vaccines are most appropriate for their needs should talk to their healthcare provider.
Every senior has different needs when ageing in place. Some simply need occasional assistance with household chores, while others may be managing a serious illness and require more extensive live-in care. Newcastle seniors can count on Home Care Assistance to provide the in-home care they need and deserve. To learn more about our high-quality elderly in-home care, call (02) 4089 3000 to speak with one of our friendly Care Managers.