Flu in the Elderly Articles

  • The Best Time of Year to Get a Flu Shot

    Advertisements to get your flu shot start earlier and earlier every year. Does the timing of your vaccine play a role in protecting you for the entire flu season?

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  • Chronic Health Conditions and the Flu: A Deadly Combination

    For elderly people, influenza can lead to serious complications like pneumonia, exacerbate existing chronic medical conditions and even cause death. Vaccinations are a senior’s best defense against the flu and related complications.

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  • Benefits of the High-Dose Flu Shot for Seniors

    Seniors over age 65 should receive an annual flu shot to safeguard their health. A high-dose vaccine provides increased protection from infection in individuals who have weaker immune systems.

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  • 7 Common Flu Myths Debunked

    There is a lot of misinformation surrounding the prevention and treatment of influenza. Get your facts straight and learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from this nasty viral infection.

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  • Adult Vaccination: Protect Yourself, Seniors and Their Caregivers

    Seniors may believe that their inoculation days are over, but keeping up with recommended vaccine schedules throughout our lives is just as imperative as receiving those initial doses as children.

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  • Flu Fake-Out: Fall Allergies Annoy Americans in East, Mid-West

    Seasonal allergies can be just as potent in the fall as they are in the spring. No matter when they strike, the symptoms are the same: nasal congestion, watery eyes, runny nose and irritated sinuses.

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  • Sepsis: The Common Cause of Death You've Never Heard Of

    Sepsis is the most common cause of death in hospitalized patients in the United States. Awareness of causes, symptoms and treatment is crucial because septic shock can develop and become life-threatening in a very short time.

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  • Recommended Vaccines for the Elderly

    Decreasing your loved one's chances of contracting the flu or pneumonia, and other preventable diseases is as simple as getting a shot (or two) in the arm. The CDC recommends 6 vaccines for the elderly.

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  • Why Seniors Are More Susceptible to Pneumonia

    Seniors over age 65 are at a much higher risk for developing and possibly dying from pneumonia. Learn what factors can contribute to this risk and how you can protect your loved one from falling ill.

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  • An Overview of COPD

    Also known as emphysema or chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. Learn the signs, symptoms and treatments for COPD.

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  • Preventing the Flu is Good for Overall Health

    The flu vaccine is on the list of recommended elderly vaccines. There are several compelling reasons for caregivers and their loved ones to take advantage of this preventive measure.

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  • The Surprising Way Getting a Flu Shot May Save Your Life

    Getting a flu shot may protect older adults from major cardiac events, such as heart attacks and strokes. People who receive the flu vaccine may decrease their heart attack risk by as much as 50 percent.

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  • Smaller Flu Shot Needle Is Available....But Not For Seniors

    The flu shot is now available in a less-scary skin prick instead of a needle, but its only offered to people between ages 18 to 64. Elderly people must still endure the inch-long flu shot needle.

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  • Spotting Health Problems in a Senior With Dementia

    Spotting health problems, such as the common cold or a urinary tract infection, can be difficult in a senior with dementia when they can't communicate their symptoms.

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