Unfortunately, summer can’t last forever, and that means the arrival of the cold and flu season. As early as October, you’ll start noticing more people around you sniffling, sneezing, and coughing. No one enjoys being sick, so it’s important to prevent cold and flu as much as possible.
As a senior, your risk of contracting a cold or flu increases. Worse yet, the flu, in particular, can be very serious for those over the age of 65 – sometimes resulting in complications, hospitalizations, and even death. Read on to uncover some useful ways to prevent cold and flu and reduce your risk of complications resulting from these illnesses.
Tips to protect yourself from colds and flu
Boost your immune system: Sleep well, eat healthy, exercise regularly, and reduce stress, as the latter can seriously weaken your immune system.
Get the flu shot: Not only does this protect you from getting the flu, but it also reduces the risk of passing on the flu to others, especially those who have allergies and cannot get the flu shot.
Wash your hands: Frequently wash your hands during the cold and flu season.
Avoid touching your face: You may not even realize how often you touch your face in a day, but let’s just say it’s a lot. Try to avoid touching your face, especially your mouth, unless you’ve washed your hands.
Avoid those who are sick: Or at least try to limit your contact with them.
Cover your coughs and sneezes: Reduce the risk of passing on illness by covering your coughs and sneezes and always washing your hands afterwards.
Clean surfaces around you: Using disinfecting wipes to clean areas around you can help reduce germs in your immediate surroundings.
Avoid sharing: Although you were taught to share, during the cold and flu season, avoid sharing items, whether it is utensils, foods items, or anything else that can harbor germs.
These are just some basic reminders to help you stay well during the upcoming cold and flu season. Being particularly health-conscious during this time can help you reduce the spread of infection or even the risk of contracting one. As mentioned, although cold and flu are generally harmless and typically run their course, they can be particularly life-threatening in seniors and lead to other complications due to weaker immune system and other health conditions.