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Preparing for Flu Season

Did you know that adults 65 years of age and older are at a higher risk for developing flu-related complications? Additionally, living with various medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and kidney disorders increases their risk.

With cold and flu season under way, it is important that we are prepared to proactively protect ourselves against the virus. From the flu shot to washing our hands to monitoring flu-like activity, there are a number of ways to fight the flu and maintain your health this season.

  • The flu vaccine causes antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine. For individuals who receive the vaccine but still get the virus, the vaccine can protect you from severe complications that could require hospitalization.
  • Take every day preventative actions to stop the spread of germs. Beyond avoiding contact with sick people, individuals should:
    1. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
    2. Often wash your hands with soap and water
    3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent spreading germs
    4. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated
  • Monitor your health. If you begin to feel symptoms, don’t wait to call your doctor. The following chart can help determine the onset of the flu vs. common cold.

Flu vs. Common Cold

If you or someone you know if fighting the flu, or any medical condition, find out if VNA of Ohio can help keep you at home and prevent hospitalizations.

*content is repurposed from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and AARP.

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