October 7, 2022
Remember the flu? Considering that we’ve been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020, it’s understandable if you’ve put influenza on your mental back burner.
The flu has not only been out of mind, but it’s also been largely out of sight. Between September 2020 and August 2021, there were a little over 2,000 cases of influenza in the US, according to the CDC. In a typical flu season, the US sees more than 200,000 cases in that same time frame. This decline was largely due to protective measures that were taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
While that’s positive news, last year’s hiatus from the flu has many experts concerned about what this year might bring. With protective measures being more relaxed and the lack of exposure to the flu during last season, we might be more susceptible to the virus when it returns. Older adults may be especially at risk.
At Vitalia Active Adult Community – Rockside, we all play a vital role in preventing the spread of influenza. The best way to protect yourself and prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated. While all age groups over six months remain priorities for vaccination, additional emphasis this flu season will be on adults at higher risk from COVID-19 complications. This includes adults with underlying illnesses and those considered to be immunocompromised.
The flu has been known to cause serious complications that require hospitalization. It can also cause dehydration, worsening of chronic illnesses, upper and lower respiratory infections, or even death. So, to prevent serious complications residents need to get the flu vaccine.
One way to encourage or inspire our concerned residents and staff to get their annual flu shot is through one-on-one conversations.
To help prevent the flu and stop the spread, we continue to maintain healthy habits like exercise, diet, and hygiene practices. The virus will only go where you let it go, so prevention is the best practice.
To promote our flu clinic and increase participation from our staff and residents, I will answer questions and concerns about the flu vaccine, keeping the conversation honest and real. I will also remind them that I will be there if needed.
Every one of us plays a vital role in preventing the spread of influenza. To offer protection to our residents in the most convenient manner, communities have begun planning their Annual Flu Vaccine Clinics. We are encouraging all eligible individuals to receive this year’s preventive vaccination. If you are unsure if you should receive the vaccine, please consult with your physician or healthcare provider.
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