For many people, the flu is generally a mild illness, bringing on a fever, chills, and muscle fatigue. While these symptoms are unpleasant, they are generally manageable. However, for seniors and those with compromised immune systems, there are serious risks at stake.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 90% of flu-related deaths are adults over the age of 65. As we age, our immune systems weaken and leave us more vulnerable to disease. Chronic health conditions intensify the flu, which can lead to serious complications.
In a recent article, AgingCare discusses the medical conditions that increase the risk of flu-related complications, including:
- Asthma, chronic lung disease and COPD
- Heart disease
- Kidney disorders
To effectively reduce the risk of contracting the flu and related complications, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) recommends that elders and their family members receive annual flu vaccinations. Taking proper preventative measures are important to stay healthy during the flu season.