For many of us, the seasonal flu causes sniffles, aches and maybe a few days in bed. But for vulnerable groups, like seniors, the flu can cause serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia. As we age, our immune systems weaken, leaving us more susceptible to infection. This is why medical professionals urge everyone, especially the elderly, to get a flu shot every year. And, they generally advise that seniors get the “high dose vaccine”, which is designed specifically for people age 65 and older. It contains four times the amount of antigen as the regular flu shot and is associated with a stronger immune response following the vaccination.
There is a possibility of side effects, however the flu vaccine is generally considered the best line of defense against a potentially serious virus. The most common side effects are mild, such as soreness at the injection site, aches, or a low-grade fever. Certain people are at higher risk of adverse reactions to the vaccine such as those who have had an allergic reaction to a previous vaccination and those who are already ill. The flu shot also reduces the chances of spreading the virus throughout the population. So, an additional layer of protection is possible if caregivers and loved ones can also get vaccinated.
Many seniors choose to live in retirement communities because they have easy access to vaccinations, physicians and the ability to better manage their health. Clarendale of Algonquin is a Senior Living Community that offers extraordinary Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care all under one roof. If you or a loved one are thinking about this type of facility, or you want to learn more about the exceptional care they offer, you can schedule a tour by contacting:
Clarendale of Algonquin
2001 West Algonquin Road
Algonquin, IL 60102