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7 Flu-Fighting Strategies for Family Caregivers
Posted By Sally Abrahms On January 16, 2013 @ 9:47 am In Caregiving | Comments Disabled
More influenza  (aka flu) talk. If you are a family caregiver , you can reduce the chances that both you and your loved one will get the dreaded virus. It’s about vigilance and, yes, luck. But regardless, tissues and hand sanitizer  need to be your best friends.
Older people can have weakened immune systems, making them susceptible to flu and its complications. Nearly 90 percent of flu deaths and 60 percent of flu hospitalizations  happen to those age 65-plus. And if you, the caregiver, get it, who will step in?
Whether you’re in close quarters at work, have an older person live with or visit you, care for an older person in his or her home, or transport someone to medical appointments in your car, there are certain flu-fighting rules  of the road. They include getting a flu vaccine, washing hands and disinfecting surfaces frequently, and steering clear (if you can) of someone sick.
A little microbiology 101: People contract the flu from an infected person or germy surface  (a door knob, elevator button, or train or bus pole, for instance). Droplets from the sick person coughing, sneezing or talking can travel to your mouth or nose.
Here’s what you need to know (thank you Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ):
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 influenza: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/01/09/flu-season-its-here-and-its-bad/
 family caregiver: http://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/info-09-2012/caregiving-resource-center-prime-time-focus.html
 hand sanitizer: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/stopgerms.htm
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 flu hospitalizations: http://www.flu.gov/at-risk/seniors/index.html
 flu-fighting rules: http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/features/preventing-cold-and-flu-how-doctors-keep-germs-at-bay
 germy surface: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/infectious-disease/AN01238
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov
 flu shot: http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewherper/2013/01/11/the-flu-shots-not-a-great-vaccine-but-you-should-get-one-anyway/
 tissue: http://www.cdc.gov/features/fluactivity/
 Catholic Archdiocese of Boston: http://www.diocesepvd.org/suggested-influenza-precautions-issued-to-parishes/
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