Thinking about getting your Flu shot? We think you should- it is estimated that nearly 200k people in this country are hospitalized for the Flu every year; if you are over the age of 65, you are at greater risk of complications- even fatality- from influenza, or the Flu. There are some distinct advantages of getting your Flu shot, and you can talk to your doctor to learn more!
In light of National Influenza Vaccination Week, observed in 2020 from December 6-12, we encourage you to consider getting your flu shot. It is even more integral for seniors to get flu shots to prevent serious complications and hospitalization from this common affliction. It is estimated that around 200,000 people are hospitalized with the flu each year. Depending on your physical health, age, and history, the flu can be fatal. If you have a compromised immune system, live with physical limitations that merit mobility aids and devices, or are over age 65, talk to your doctor about the risks associated with Influenza today.
Did you get your flu shot yet? We encourage you to do so- and here is why:
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) asserts that you can reduce the chance of contracting flu-like illness by over 60% with a flu shot; this can significantly impact the number of people presenting at hospitals and Emergency Rooms with symptoms of the flu. The efficacy of the vaccine varies from one year to the next, depending on the prevalent strains and the individual’s immunity, health, and physical condition.
That being said, there are specific populations that are more at risk for contracting the flu, and who may suffer significant medical issues as a result. Some demographics that may be more vulnerable to the Flu include:
- People with chronic health conditions, like diabetes and COPD.
- Individuals with a history of stroke or heart disease.
- Seniors over age 65.
- Women who are pregnant.
- People with cancer, HIV, or AIDS- all of which impact the immune system.
Your doctor, provider, or practitioner is in the best position to recommend whether you are- or are not- a good candidate for a Flu shot this year.
If you have had a Flu shot in previous seasons, it still makes sense to have one each year. Your immunity to the Flu declines over time, plus, viruses and strains are always changing and evolving. Get your Flu shot to prevent the most common and prevalent Flu strains of the current year.
Never Too Late
There is a misnomer that once Flu season starts, it is too late to be vaccinated. This is not true. While the Flu season typically peaks in January to February, you are still at risk for the Flu well-into April. Even with the protective measure of a Flu shot, make sure that you protect yourself from transmission by wearing a mask in public, good handwashing hygiene, and social distancing efforts- especially if you are medically compromised, are a senior, or have immune system issues.
It is estimated that nearly 90% of flu-related deaths afflict those over age 65; over half of those hospitalized for flu symptoms are seniors. The CDC reports that in light of the current pandemic, flu vaccination is even more vital in preventative care for seniors and anyone who has a medical issue or condition.
Studies show that getting a flu shot can significantly cut down on older adults ending up in the hospital or presenting at their local Emergency Room or unit. Furthermore, it cuts down on the patient’s need to use a ventilator by almost 50%. Even if the shot doesn’t prevent you from getting a flu strain this season, it can make an impact on the severity and longevity of your symptoms- which means you feel better, faster.
Insurance Coverage and Cost
Finally, know that most insurance coverage covers preventative care, including things like the Flu shot. Make sure that you visit a health care practitioner that falls under your insurance carrier umbrella, that is, that is part of your network so the vaccination is covered by your policy. Many workplaces, pharmacies, and charitable groups also offer Flu vaccination clinics or low-cost options for those that do not have insurance coverage. Cost should not be a reason to be unvaccinated; ask your doctor about area resources or do a search online for low or no cost Flu shots in your region.
What are you waiting for? Want to learn if you are a good candidate for the Flu shot? Consult with your provider or practitioner. For mobility aids, devices, and equipment, talk to the team at Pacific Mobility. We want to increase your accessibility, enhance autonomy, and improve quality of everyday life; call or contact us today!
President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stairlifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
Licensed General Contractor since 1998
Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
Board Member for Home Access Professionals
Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)