The weather is getting brisker. The leaves are starting to turn. We know what that means: it’s time to get a flu shot.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of people get the flu each year. Of those millions, hundreds of thousands will require hospitalization, and tens of thousands will die. Each year.
The best way to protect yourself against the flu? Get a flu vaccine. The CDC recommends one for everyone over the age of six months. Flu vaccines are especially important for seniors, who are more likely than adults under 65 to experience complications from the flu. In fact, if there is a vaccine shortage, anyone over age 50 is considered a priority for vaccination.
Here’s what seniors need to know about staying safe from the flu this year.
Which vaccine should I get?
There are six different types of flu vaccines. Five of the vaccines — Fluzone High-Dose, Fluad, Flucelvax Quadrivalent, FluBlok Quadrivalent, and a variety of egg-based quadrivalent flu shots (Afluria Quadrivalent, Fluarix Quadrivalent, FluLaval Quadrivalent, and FluZone Quadrivalent) are approved for people 65 and older.
The CDC does not recommend any particular vaccine, but you should speak to your doctor if you:
- Have ever had an allergic reaction to the flu vaccine
- Have an allergy to eggs
- Have ever had Guillain-Barre Syndrome
- Are not feeling well
- Are immunocompromised
- Have taken antiviral flu drugs within the previous 48 hours
When should I get vaccinated?
The best time is right now. The CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine by the end of October, before the flu season picks up speed.
Where can I get the vaccine?
A variety of places offer the flu vaccine, including doctor’s offices, pharmacies, and even some schools.
Does a vaccine provide complete protection against the flu?
No, it does not. You can still get sick with the flu even if you have been vaccinated. However, studies show that being vaccinated reduces the severity of the flu, even if you do get sick.
So, as you put away your short sleeve shirts and pull out your sweaters, you should be planning to protect yourself against one of the most serious contagious diseases that exists: the flu.
At Hamilton Grove Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, in Hamilton, NJ, we are also preparing for the flu season by ensuring that everyone — staff and residents alike — has proper protection against the flu. It’s part of what we do to make sure everyone who stays with us is healthy and happy.
our care programs are designed specifically to meet the unique needs and interests of seniors and long-term care patients. We emphasize restorative care, maximizing each patient’s potential to regain and maintain function and mobility.
We foster an environment that is cheerful and enthusiastic, so residents truly relish and appreciate life.
Our outstanding Social Services team works hard to ensure that every resident thrives socially, emotionally, and spiritually.
We promote a culture of independence, crucial for emotional, social, and physical health. Residents are encouraged to choose their activity and meal preferences, and to perform tasks and activities as self-sufficiently as possible.
We carefully select, train and re-train our wonderful caregivers, who are especially sensitive to the needs of our long-term care patients. They treat residents with love, compassion, and dignity.
Or better yet, come see for yourself: Contact us to schedule a tour by calling 609-588-5800 or by clicking here.