Oct 19, 2017 by Katie Fielmann
Seniors are going to want to start preparing for winter in the next few weeks and months. There are many important areas of preparation to address from financial security to automobile and home maintenance. Among the most critical of preparations, however, are health care checks.
One of the most important caregiver jobs is to ensure seniors are safe and ready for the season ahead. By ensuring seniors are properly vaccinated and immunized, they can significantly reduce their risk of developing serious diseases. Not only will they be able to live healthier, happier lives, but they will have a more joyous holiday season as well.
When preparing for winter, the flu shot is the foundational vaccination for most seniors. The flu is way too common among seniors whose generally weaker immune systems make it difficult to fight off illnesses like the flu. It does not just cause discomfort and unpleasant side effects. In seniors, the flu often has a long, slow recovery period and can become serious enough to cause death. The good news is that the annual flu shot can reduce the likelihood of a senior getting the flu or greatly limit its severity if the flu does strike.
Pneumonia is the cause of many senior deaths. Pneumonia is an infection that causes the air sacs in the lungs to fill up with fluid or pus. This makes it increasingly difficult for an individual to breathe in enough air to supply the bloodstream and cells with oxygen. Seniors may not realize that they can get a pneumonia immunization even if they had one as a child. The pneumonia vaccine cannot eliminate the infection 100 percent, but seniors who are immunized are less likely to suffer from pneumonia, especially if they also practice healthy lifestyle habits such as not smoking.
The TDAP vaccine helps seniors avoid Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis. The vaccination should be updated every 10 years. While seniors are not highly susceptible to pertussis, the winter months are filled with holidays, and holidays often mean time with grandchildren. The whooping cough, or pertussis, can be highly hazardous to a senior's grandchildren.
One of the most important caregiver jobs is to keep a senior safe and healthy. Getting vaccinations is an easy and effective way to prepare for the winter months. With Comfort Keepers, another of the standard caregiver jobs is local transportation. This means that there is no reason for your senior loved one to miss out on the many benefits of modern medicine, including vaccinations.
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