For much of the population, the flu is a temporary nuisance that keeps them from their daily activities for a few days. Symptoms of mild cases of flu include fever, body aches, and tiredness.
In some, however, the flu can become much more serious and lead to potentially fatal complications like bacterial chest infections and pneumonia. These risks are more common in vulnerable groups like infants, people with compromised immune systems, and the elderly.
What Causes the Flu?
People may catch the flu after being exposed to an influenza (flu) virus. It’s most often spread through droplets in the air after an infected person sneezes or coughs. It can also be spread if you touch a surface that has the virus on it, and you then touch your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands.
Why Are Older Adults At Higher Risk For Flu?
Not all flu strains are the same, but what they all have in common is that they are more dangerous for people aged 65 or older. The vast majority of flu-related hospitalisations and deaths occur in older populations. Those more advanced in age are also more likely to experience complications from the flu.
These risks become higher if the older adult has an existing chronic condition like diabetes, emphysema, or asthma.
As we age, our immune systems become weaker and stops working as well as it once did. This makes it slower to respond to bacteria and viruses, meaning it will take longer for you to recover from illnesses. This leaves you more susceptible to complications and more serious symptoms.
The Importance of Flu Jabs in Older Adults
The easiest and most effective way to prevent developing complications from the flu is to get the flu jab every year. All adults are encouraged to get the flu vaccine annually, especially those with pre-existing health conditions and who are over the age of 65.
No vaccine is 100% effective, but if you do contract the flu after being vaccinated your symptoms will be less severe than they would be if you were unvaccinated. You’re also less likely to require medical treatment or hospitalisation.
For even more protection during flu season, consider wearing a mask in enclosed public spaces. Using hand sanitiser and washing your hands frequently will also help keep the germs at bay, as will avoiding touching your face throughout the day.
Where Can I Find a Flu Vaccination Service in Brailes and Kineton?
Pharmacy to My Door is proud to provide its local community with a wide variety of health services, including vaccinations. We offer friendly, fast, and comprehensive flu vaccination services from all our locations, including Moreton-in-Marsh and Stratford-Upon-Avon. Book your appointment online at your preferred clinic or contact us to arrange a flu jab.