CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) provides information for "People 65 years and older & Influenza". Below I have some of the highlights.
Please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/highrisk/65over.htm for the full article.
* People 65 years and older are at a greater risk of serious complications from the flu
* Most deaths due to flu disease occur in people 65 years and older
* Most Hospitalizations that are due to seasonal flu-related illness, also occur in people 65 years and older.
* Flu vaccine is the best protection against the flu
* Flu vaccines are updated each year because the virus is constantly changing
* People 65 years of age or older should be up to date with the pneumococcal vaccine
* Pneumonia is an example of a serious flu-related complication that can cause death
* Cover coughs
* Wash hands often
* Avoid people who are sick
* Sore Throat
* Runny or stuffy nose
* Body aches
* Start antiviral drugs within 48 hours of the start of symptoms - you must see a physician to receive this treatment.
Warning Signs when Emergency Care is needed due to new onset of:
* Difficulty breathing/S.O.B.
* Pressure in chest/abdomen
* Persistent dizziness, confusion, inability to arouse
* Not urinating
* Severe muscle pain
* Severe weakness or unsteadiness
* Fever or cough that improves, but then returns/worsens
* Worsening of chronic conditions
The above are just highlights from the CDC website. Please click on the link below to read the full article.