Flu Prevention - Safeguards for Seniors

Senior Care flu/cold prevention

With the warmer weather starting to pick up in many places across the country it seems that it’s that time of year again for the germs to start flying. Flu season can be extremely dangerous for seniors and children, with the common cold or flu often leading to a myriad of health issues. In the 2017-2018 season around 80,000 people died of the flu in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Children and seniors both have weaker immune systems, so having a plan in place to help prevent flu transmission is key to reducing the amounts of hospitalizations and sickness that is experienced by these two age groups. Seniors in particular can suffer greatly from the flu, with mortality rates being rather high and the potential for further complications possible. Many seniors can go on to develop potentially life threatening issues such as pneumonia as a result of contracting the flu, so here are some key ways to help reduce potential germ spreading.

Wash Hands Regularly

Washing your hands regularly is a key way to stop the transmission of diseases and germs. Wash using soap and warm water, washing backs of the hands and in between fingers thoroughly as well. Antibacterial soap is ideal to help stop the spread of infection, and you can follow it up with wearing gloves to help keep things as sterile as possible when working with clients.

Use General Manners With Sneezing/Coughing

If you’re sick and around clients (or just anyone!), use common sense and manners by sneezing into the crook of your arm to keep hands clean and to prevent the transmission of germs or use tissues, covering your mouth and nose when coughing/sneezing and the like. Too many people cough or sneeze on surfaces, their hands or even other people which propels the transmission of viruses to a high degree. Be a part of the solution. Cover your mouth.

Just Stay Home

Are you sick? Just stay home! Many people believe that they owe it to the company or themselves to continue to go into work when deathly ill with a cold or flu, but nothing comes of it except spreading it around. Staying home will ensure you don’t spread germs to potentially fragile people.

Use Antibacterial Wipes and Gel

Antibacterial wipes and gel are great for helping to kill off bacteria that cause viruses such as colds and flu. Use after washing your hands and regularly throughout the day to help prevent the spread of sickness. Wipes can be used to clean off surfaces that the client touches regularly to help ensure they don’t come into contact with germs or bacteria that could cause them to get ill.

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