2013 Flu Season Key Notes

January 14, 2013 at 9:13 pm Leave a comment

Recent CDC data shows that the flu struck early this season, shooting up in December when it usually peaks in January, and it struck hard (already widespread in 47 states).

According to FLU.gov, 90 percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older.  Because your immune system weakens as you age, people ages 65 and older are even more susceptible to developing the flu.

The CDC has released their “What You Should Know for the 2012-2013 Influenza Season”. Here are a few key points we took from the Q & As that hold valuable advice and precautions for you and your aging loved ones to take!APTOPIX Flu Season_Cala

How well is the vaccination working this season?

The CDC conducts studies each year to determine how well the vaccine protects against illness. Findings from early data show that the 2013 vaccine is reducing the risk of not having to go to the doctor for influenza by 60 percent for vaccinated people.

Are vaccinations still available?

Yes! For this season, manufacturers projected that they would produce 135 million doses of flu vaccine. Although more than 128 million doses have been distributed, there are still some available- the sooner the better!

A blog post posted in early 2012 gave some insight on immunizations for the elderly and other steps that they should take in order to ensure the best health possible during this winter season. AmeriCare Georgia Director of Nursing Karen Rawls summarizes some of her recommendations.

  • First and foremost, understand the effectiveness of frequently washing your hands and get in the habit of doing so.
  • Give elderly more nutrients, not needles. Older people have often have inadequate diets, and unfortunately with aging and illness comes the increase necessity for vital nutrients.
  • Increase intake of Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Selenium, and Zinc. Build immune systems by ensuring plenty of sleep and a diet full of fruits and vegetables.
Advertisements

Entry filed under: Uncategorized. Tags: , , , , .

New Year’s Resolutions for Aging Loved Ones and Their Families New Numbers on Elder Care

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Follow us on Twitter!

Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.

RSS AmeriCare Georgia

  • Protect Our Most Vulnerable Citizens March 20, 2013
    As you have probably seen on the news we have been working very hard to keep our most vulnerable citizens safe.  At the moment, the law does not adequately cover caregivers who work in people’s homes.  So, if someone is caught stealing or abusing a senior or child for the first time, they are not […]
    americareblog
  • We Have A Good Thing Bowling March 8, 2013
      “A new study of seniors age 75 or older found that participants who were active physically, mentally, and socially were most likely to live past age 90.” via Alfa’s blog – Exercise, Leisure Activities & Social Connections Linked to Longevity We at AmeriCare GA believe in promoting an active senior life for our clients. […]
    americareblog
  • We Need Your Help! March 5, 2013
    Please support us in our initiative to amend Georgia’s First Offender’s Act! As you may know, our very own Doug Lueder has been working closely with Senator John Albers in an effort to provide the safest environments possible for our clients- and now we need your help! Senator Albers has proposed senate bill SB207 in […]
    americareblog
  • Debate Over Brain Scans and Alzheimer’s February 19, 2013
    Alzheimer’s is a very common disease among most of our clients here at AmeriCare Georgia. Should brain scans for our aging loved ones with suspected Alzheimer’s be covered by Medicare? We found an informative article from New York Times that gives great insight from both viewpoints on this recent debate. An expert panel convened by […]
    americareblog
  • At Risk? February is American Heart Month February 7, 2013
    Eat right. Get regular exercise. Don’t smoke. Live longer. AmeriCare Georgia aims to promote this simple advice to not only our clients, but to everyone we know, as it can add years to your life. February is American Heart Month– a time to raise awareness about how prevalent heart disease is and steps people can […]
    americareblog
  • New Numbers on Elder Care January 28, 2013
    Here at AmeriCare Georgia we pride ourselves on providing quality care to your loved ones as they age in place. Caregiving can be an exhausting responsibility for family members and friends- fortunately we are here to help! The New York Times has summarized a recent study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that asked about […]
    americareblog
  • 2013 Flu Season Key Notes January 14, 2013
    Recent CDC data shows that the flu struck early this season, shooting up in December when it usually peaks in January, and it struck hard (already widespread in 47 states). According to FLU.gov, 90 percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older.  Because your immune […]
    americareblog
  • New Year’s Resolutions for Aging Loved Ones and Their Families January 3, 2013
    Happy New Year from AmeriCare Georgia! The time has come again to set some resolutions as we enter a new year full of fresh beginnings and opportunities. With 2013 upon us, many of us take on resolutions, hoping to better our lives this year.  We at AmeriCare Georgia challenge you to focus on making resolutions […]
    americareblog
  • Start the New Year in a Youthful Spirit December 12, 2012
    As 2012 comes to an end, it is important to rekindle your positive attitude and outlook on life for the upcoming year. Al Weatherhead from Parentgiving.com gives great advice on how to stay young at heart and mind to maximize your life. We thought this would be great inspiration as 2013 approaches! He begins by […]
    americareblog
  • Don’t let winter wreak havoc on your heart December 4, 2012
    December is here and as we enter holiday mode in full swing, chest tightness or racing heart rates may become more common for your aging loved ones. After November’s feast and the constant holiday parties throughout December, life can seem like an endless series of prepping, planning, eating, and visiting- exhausting! We found a great […]
    americareblog

%d bloggers like this: