Why You Need the Flu vaccination Now More Than Ever

The time has come for your annual flu vaccinations as it is now influenza season. However, you may have some more concerns about getting vaccinated this year as more questions have risen for you. Questions such as, “How safe is the flu vaccination?” or “How does COVID-19 factor in during the flu season?” 

We will gladly answer these concerns for you as the CDC has posted new information on why the vaccination of the flu shot is important now more than ever before. 

All About the Influenza Shot

As the weather now turns colder, flu season also comes into the picture. Many wonder about the flu vaccinations and as healthcare workers, many are given the option and even requested to get that flu shot. Yet many ask what the purpose of this is especially in 2020 when most of the world is focusing on avoiding illnesses such a COVID-19. Why do people need it if we are already wearing a mask almost all day and are practicing social distancing?

Just like all the years prior to this one, it is always recommended that everyone, especially healthcare professionals get a vaccination shot for the influenza season. Why is that? Well, for one, you are constantly working with elderly patients. These patients are more vulnerable to a simple flu as their immune system weakens with age. Something that may be a simple cold for you at your younger age will likely not be the same effect for the elderly person. Thus, as the strain of the flu constantly changes annually, it’s important to get vaccinated for the new flu shot to keep those around you safe. 

Is the Flu Shot effective? Yes, in the most recent years, it is said that it is 50-70% effective to prevent the flu, plus, if you do get sick or have another illnesses as the flu vaccine with reduce the severity. 

Protecting Vulnerable Groups:

Thousands of people die from the flu every year and most of these people are over the age of 65 with an immunocompromised health. In addition to this, pregnant women and children are also at a high risk. Now as a home health aide, you are constantly in an environment with at-risk groups. By getting this flu shot, you not only protect yourself but others around you as well.  

Why do you need the flu shot now more than ever?

To protect Healthcare capacity: 

With the flu vaccination, you reduce the chances of getting sick and being hospitalized. Because we are still currently in a pandemic, we need to reduce the number of medical attention applied per person so that hospitals will not be over-crowded. 

To Prevent Co-infection of both COVID-19 and the Seasonal Influenza:

There have been reports that suggest if both COVID-19 and the flu coexist in the body, it may be a severe risk for vulnerable patients. As more time passes by and the CDC studies the two diseases, it will become available and more understanding to us.

Overall Benefits of the Flu Vaccination

Though it will not protect you from contracting the Coronavirus, it will reduce the chances of needing to go to the doctor this season as well as developing symptoms or even being quarantined. Because this year is very complex already, let’s do our part and protect others and ourselves by getting vaccinated.

For more information on the flu season and how it will affect your workplace, contact us, and we would gladly share more with you about how to keep safe during these trying times.

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Loneliness in Seniors and How to Cope amid COVID-19

It’s common to feel lonely at times, especially during COVID-19 which has placed isolating regulations as a priority. For many worldwide, this has strained their mental health as they are distancing themselves from others, feeding onto loneliness. Unfortunately, for seniors, this is more so common even without the pandemic in sight as many of them live on their own and are isolated. 

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Is it Dementia or Just Memory Loss?

It’s normal to be forgetful at times, especially as we age. However, if you are noticing that someone you know is getting more and more forgetful over a period of time, it could be more than just a simple error. It could actually be a precursor to something more serious like Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia. 

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Reducing a Heat Stroke in the Summertime For Seniors

Did you know that if you are thirsty, your body is already actually 2% more dehydrated? This means when you are trying to regulate heat, your body becomes weaker than you are aware! This is especially difficult for seniors as their bodies are more fragile to temperature and dehydration. 

The following article will share some of the things you can do to help your loved ones reduce the chances of a heat stroke during times like summer where temperatures can significantly rise. 

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Senior Care Tips & Activities for the 4th of July

What are your favorite 4th of July memories? Perhaps it’s a family barbeque, watching fireworks in the park, or maybe just a time you went to Coney Island to watch the Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest? 

Though we often want to relive the nostalgia, sometimes seniors are no longer able to attend their favorite Independence Day festivities as they once were able to. This may be because the heat of the summer’s day is too strong and it may be difficult for seniors to be outside of long periods of time.

In order to bring back some fond memories, and maybe even create some new ones, here are some tips and activities that seniors can enjoy this holiday.

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COVID-19 Signs and Symptoms: How to Spot the Difference

By now, you have probably heard much about the SARS-coronavirus-2, or COVID-19, for short and most likely feel that you are aware of all that there is already to know about this infection. However, today we will be discussing the signs and symptoms of the virus in order to spot the differences, become aware and keep yourself and others safe.

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How to Still Celebrate your Dad this Father’s Day, even while Social Distancing

Picture your usual Father’s day, what comes to mind? Perhaps a fun cookout,  baseball game or even theme park visits may be some things that you typically expect to do on this day . Yet this year, things took a turn and the likelihood of all of those events have been canceled. Though some states have opened back up and even lifted their quarantine orders, the local businesses are still struggling  as not many are back up to be running as usual. So,  it is still really difficult to follow normal traditions that you usually have on this day.

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Dealing with Dementia Behaviors: Tips and Coping Mechanisms

When it comes to dementia, the common symptoms include anger, confusion and even depression. As a result of the dementia, sometimes these symptoms turn the patient into someone that is not like their usual self, making this disease one that is very challenging to cope with. However, by learning the proper tips and mechanisms, one can manage them better.

Common Symptoms and Behavioral traits: