October 2018 – Keep Healthy

October 2018 – Keep Healthy

posted 9/15/2018

October Health-bits

Nurse Barbara

Don’t forget the “Flu Shot Clinic” on October 4, from 9-12 at the Verona Senior Center Health Fair.

The “flu season” is usually from October through May. Remember the vaccine is not effective for 12 – 14 days after receiving the shot. The flu is caused by influenza viruses and is considered a highly contagious respiratory infection. The flu virus usually enters the body through mucus membranes in the mouth, nose, or eyes and can live on inanimate objects for some time. Remember to cover your mouth or nose when coughing or sneezing, and wash your hands often. In public restrooms, remember to use a paper towel to dry your hands, and then use the paper towel to turn off the faucets and open the bathroom door before throwing it away. Normally older adults, young children, and those with specific health conditions are at higher risk for more serious flu complications. Some may need to be hospitalized. Complications are more frequent in people with underlying health problems such as heart disease, asthma, or emphysema.

 

The Fluzone High-Dose influenza vaccine, senior strength, will again be offered at the upcoming flu shot clinic at our Health Fair, which will be held on October 4th from 9 am-12 noon. This vaccine is a specialized dose with 4 times the antigen (a substance that causes the immune system to produce antibodies) of a standard flu shot. This makes it more effective. As we grow older our immune system slows down, so we need that extra boost to avoid the risks that come with the flu season. It is also a covered benefit under Medicare Part B.

 

Be aware and keep healthy this Autumn!!

Nurse Barbara