October 7, 2022
Remember the flu? Considering that we’ve been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020, it’s understandable if you’ve put influenza on your mental back burner.
The flu has not only been out of mind, but it’s also been largely out of sight. Between September 2020 and August 2021, there were a little over 2,000 cases of influenza in the US, according to the CDC. In a typical flu season, the US sees more than 200,000 cases in that same time frame. This decline was largely due to protective measures that were taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
While that’s positive news, last year’s hiatus from the flu has many experts concerned about what this year might bring. With protective measures being more relaxed and the lack of exposure to the flu during last season, we might be more susceptible to the virus when it returns. Older adults may be especially at risk.
At Cedar Trails Senior Living, we all play a vital role in preventing the spread of influenza. The best way to protect yourself and prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated. While all age groups over six months remain priorities for vaccination, additional emphasis this flu season will be on adults at higher risk from COVID-19 complications. This includes adults with underlying illnesses and those considered to be immunocompromised.
Even though COVID has dominated over the last few years, it is still important to get an influenza vaccine. From October 2021 through mid-June 2022, as many as 170,000 people were hospitalized with influenza symptoms and as many as 14,000 deaths. For adults over 65, the risk of flu-related complications and hospitalization is particularly high due, in part, to the natural decline of their immune system.
It is important for everyone to get an annual flu shot. While the vaccine may not prevent someone from getting the flu, it can still help lessen the symptoms. Getting the vaccine may also help stop the spread of the virus, especially in older adults who are the most at risk for developing serious complications from influenza.
One way to prevent the spread of influenza is to get vaccinated. Also, avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, stay home when possible. If it’s not possible to stay home, wear a mask and make sure to cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your face are other ways to help prevent the spread of influenza.
We host a yearly flu clinic and encourage everyone to get their annual flu shot. This year’s clinic will be held on October 19th.
Every one of us plays a vital role in preventing the spread of influenza. To offer protection to our residents in the most convenient manner, communities have begun planning their Annual Flu Vaccine Clinics. We are encouraging all eligible individuals to receive this year’s preventive vaccination. If you are unsure if you should receive the vaccine, please consult with your physician or healthcare provider.
Cedar Trails Senior Living in Freeburg, IL offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near St. Elizabeth’s Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers, including The Orchards Golf Club, Target, Eckerts Belleville Farm, Braeutigam Orchards, and the Belle Clair fairgrounds & Expo Center.
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