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How Important is the Flu Vaccine for Live-In Caregivers?

Live-in Care for Seniors in Fairfield, CT – The Flu Epidemic is on the Rise, Get Your Flu Shot Today

Live-in Care for Seniors in Fairfield, CT Today most people have heard of about the importance of the flu vaccine. Yet there are also many stories about friends, family members, and even coworkers who went to get the flu vaccine and then were incredibly sick for weeks afterward. This can make it seem as though the flu vaccine is dangerous or could give the person the flu.

Depending on what type of vaccine an individual gets, it could potentially impact their health. However, that being said, the most common form of the flu vaccine (the injected form) is a dead virus. There is no possible way to get sick from the flu virus itself. People may have reactions to the vaccine, but they’re not getting the flu itself.

When it comes to live in care for seniors, many caregivers who work through an agency will be required to get the flu vaccine. Most hospitals and medical professionals across the country are required by their employer to get the flu vaccine every season. They can’t work unless they get it after a certain date.

So what about the live-in caregiver?

Should an caregiver or even a family member providing live in care for someone get the flu vaccine? The answer is actually quite simple: yes. And here is why.

The flu is a very serious virus that can be potentially fatal to infants as well as elderly individuals, especially those who have compromised immune systems. Many older individuals have a weaker immune system due to the natural process of aging. As a result, their body cannot fight off infections, viruses, bacteria, and germs like it did when they were younger.

A live in caregiver might not show any signs or symptoms of the flu, but they could contract it when out shopping, visiting with friends, talking with family members, or running any number of errands for themselves or the patient.

Most viruses are not transmitted from one carrier to the next until symptoms begin to show. However, with the flu, a person might not feel quite right, but also might not have a high fever or other common symptoms of this illness.

Protecting the elderly patient who requires live in care for seniors should be of the highest priority. As a result, getting the flu vaccine should be something any live in caregiver does every year. If the caregiver has specific questions about the vaccine, they should speak to a professional, licensed medical care provider directly.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Fairfield, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at 203-923-8866.

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Jay Kiley

Jay Kiley has spent over well over 30 years providing world class customer service to clients around the world. Whether it was during his career in banking as asenior officer with Fortune 500 companies or working with some of the wealthiest people in the world with the Superyacht Rigging Company he owned with his brother; customer service was and is first and foremost.

As the Regional Developer of SYNERGY HomeCare in Connecticut for the past several years Kiley again puts the customer’s needs first. Working with the four five SYNERGY HomeCare Connecticut offices, Danbury, Bristol, Stamford, East Haven and Fairfield, which he owns with his wife of 34 years,Laurie, he has lead the SYNERGY CareTeam to tremendous growth and continued success. Knowing first hand how health, aging and memory care issues can take a toll on a family, he is a very hands-on owner. He makes his cell phone available to all clients and their families providing more than just care, Kiley provides solutions to his client’s care needs and peace of mind to their family.

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