August is National Immunization Awareness Month — Did Your Seniors Get their Flu Shots?
Vaccines and flu shots help protect the elderly from debilitating ailments. In many cases, they have even been known to save lives. For instance, as we age, we are at a higher risk for complications from influenza. That is why flu shots have become so important and should be an integral part of your retirement care.
Overview of National Immunization Awareness Month
August is designated as National Immunization Awareness Month to emphasize the importance and benefits of taking vaccines that are recommended for different stages in our lives:
- Infants and children
- Preteens and teens
- Young adults
- Pregnant women
Neglecting to take vaccinations not only puts you at risk, but also people you come into contact with. As a senior, you come in contact with your grandchildren and family members, as well as caregivers and other residents in your retirement community.
Why Pneumonia and Flu Shots are So Important for Seniors?
Decreasing immunity leaves seniors vulnerable to complications from common ailments like the flu. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that in addition to basic senior flu shots and the pneumococcal vaccine, a second pneumonia immunization be added to retirement healthcare for added protection.
Pneumonia can be particularly debilitating for aging seniors whose immunity and respiratory system may be compromised. The pneumococcal vaccine, on the other hand, protects seniors against infections of the brain, bloodstream, lungs, and ear. You can get the senior flu shot and pneumococcal vaccine at the same time.
For best protection, it is recommended that you get senior flu shots and pneumonia vaccines before flu season (typically October to April) begins. It takes at least two weeks for the vaccine to build your immunity and you want to be well protected.
At The Holiday, we go the extra mile to ensure our residents are happy and healthy. It’s like being in an all-inclusive holiday in your own home. Our trained and experienced staff provides round-the-clock supervision and personalized attention, ensuring you or your loved one is well-cared for. We cater to different needs and operate like one big family—with love, compassion and respect for our seniors.
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