Elderly Protection with Flu Shot

When is the best time to get a flu shot?

Ideally, it’s best to get your flu shot before the flu begins to spread in your community. I always attempt to remember during Fall season…say, October-November. It takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop after getting the flu shot.

Getting your flu shot too early, like in the summer, may reduce protection against the flu virus. The CDC recommends getting the flu shot early in the Fall, right before the flu season begins. However, there is never really a bad time for elderly to be protected.

Here are additional reminders for your aging parents to assist in staying healthy:

— Avoid close contact with other people who are, or may be, sick.
— Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
— Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
— Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
— Pay attention to symptoms. Are you experiencing fatigue and body aches? Fever or chills? Sore throat and/or cough?
— Eat a balanced diet, stay physically active, manage stress, and get plenty of rest.

The flu virus is not going away. Nor is the covid virus and its many mutations. View CDC guidelines for more information on protecting yourself and seniors as we enter winter chill.

JD Miller

About JD Miller

John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. Phone: (781) 378-2164 Email: [email protected] Website: https://homecarepartnersma.com

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