The immune system often does an excellent job fighting off bacteria and viruses. However, it can weaken as you age due to certain medical conditions or treatments. Infectious diseases cause a third of all deaths in people over 65. Keeping up with recommended vaccinations is one way to reduce the likelihood of adults becoming sick and experiencing severe symptoms. There are many recommended boosters to strengthen the defenses of the body as one gets old.
Some of these vaccines include flu vaccine(annual), pneumonia vaccine(annual), shingles vaccine, Td or Tdap, and HPV vaccines. In addition to taking the required vaccinations, here is a list of ways older adults can reduce their exposure to germs.
1. Wash your hands frequently
2. Sanitize surfaces
3. Avoid touching your face
4. Stay away from the sick
5. Finish antibiotics
6. Clean any bandages or wounds
7. Stay home if you are not feeling well.
Not all infections can be protected, but following the above measures can help considerably reduce the risks. If your loved one is suffering from infection and requires care, feel free to contact us. We provide the best care plans to fit the needs of all your loved ones.