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Which Type of Flu Vaccine Is Best for Seniors?

Senior showing the band aid on her arm after receiving the flu vaccine
Make sure seniors receive the right type of flu vaccine.

While COVID-19 still dominates our overall health concerns, it is important to remember that other illnesses can be just as dangerous, especially for older adults. Flu season is here, and it’s time to make sure the older adults you love are protected with the proper type of flu vaccine.

There are a number of different flu vaccines available, some of which are better suited for seniors. These include:

  • High-dose vaccines

  • Adjuvanted vaccines

  • Intradermal vaccines

  • Nasal spray vaccines

Generally, adults over the age of 65 are encouraged to receive either an adjuvanted or high-dose shot, but talk to the physician for his or her advice.

If a senior is hesitant to receive a flu shot, the following are some fundamental reasons to educate them on why it is so important:

  • The immune system weakens as the body ages, which makes it more challenging to recover from infections.

  • Serious complications from the flu tend to be more frequent in seniors.

  • 85% of flu-related deaths and up to 70% of flu-related hospitalizations occur in those over the age of 65.

  • Secondary infections, for example, ear and sinus infections, bronchitis, and even pneumonia, can develop from contracting the flu.

Along with receiving the seasonal flu vaccine, seniors can boost their immunity by:

  • Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet that includes foods rich in vitamin C, D, and zinc, as well as complex carbs and lean proteins.

  • Staying physically active with regular exercise each day. Half an hour per day is ideal, and can be broken down into smaller portions during the day.

  • Keeping the environment sanitized and clean. A HEPA filter will also help with improving indoor air quality.

  • Improving sleeping habits, striving for eight hours of sleep each night. Implementing a routine at bedtime that includes calming activities, limiting technology and TV, and keeping the room dark and cool are all methods to help.

Remember that following COVID-19 safety guidelines can help with preventing other illnesses as well. Wash hands frequently, practice physical distancing, wear a face covering, and avoid large crowds.

The Care Company’s experts in home care in Toronto and nearby areas are available to help! Let us provide transportation and accompaniment to medical appointments and to receive a flu vaccine, in addition to our full range of in-home care services. We are available to also prepare wholesome meals, motivate older adults to engage in regular exercise, and much more. Make the first step towards improving health and wellbeing for an older adult by calling us at (416) 422-2273 to request a complimentary in-home consultation.

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