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3 Reasons Every Senior Should Consider the Flu Vaccine, Even If They’re Not Dealing with a Recovery

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Norwalk CT

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Norwalk CTHaving to recover from any type of physical ailment, health emergency, or some other reason to be hospitalized can take quite a bit of time. As people get older, the recovery process may become more complicated and it might take longer. If there are certain health issues outside of the reason they were hospitalized in the first place, it can complicate the recovery process and potentially lead to a hospital readmission.

While a senior may not be thinking about hospital readmission rates or how to reduce them, they are thinking about the recovery. They want to get back to their old way of life as quickly as possible. One thing that could potentially interfere with that is a serious illness, like the flu.

It’s flu vaccine time once again and there are plenty of great reasons why every senior should at least consider getting this particular vaccine. They may assume it makes them sick, but it doesn’t. They may assume it’s not that effective, but it is.

What they may not think about is the prospect of having to be hospitalized for some type of injury, ailment, or surgery sometime this winter and then possibly being exposed to the flu in the aftermath.

Here are three great reasons to consider the flu vaccine now, even if they’re not dealing with any other health issue at the moment.

Reason #1: It’s proactive.

Being proactive is a good thing. There’s a reason people put money away and invest in stocks and bonds to help plan for their retirement. They were still working, but they knew at some point they would retire.

Getting the flu vaccine is being proactive in much the same way.

Reason #2: It’s safe.

Forget the myths and misconceptions about the flu vaccine. The injected vaccine is a dead virus. It’s completely safe. A person may feel some side effects as a result of the vaccine, but that’s not the flu itself.

Reason #3: It could save a life.

If the senior contracts the flu when they’re discharged and sent home following care at the hospital for pneumonia, for example, it could become life-threatening. We never know what tomorrow is going to bring. We never know how we’ll react to certain situations, conditions, or even the recovery process.

It’s not worth taking chances, especially if the senior’s doctor has already recommended the flu vaccine. It’s a good idea and can be incredibly important and potentially life-saving in the future.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Norwalk, CT, please contact the caring staff at Comfort Keepers of Lower Fairfield County today at 203-629-5029

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Dennis Patouhas

Having 40 plus years’ experience in finance, accounting, project management has enabled me to borrow upon experiences and disciplines from each to develop and grow a leading business in the Home Care market.

Established Comfort Keepers of Lower Fairfield County with wife Marian in 2001. We were the 61st of what now numbers over 750 offices nationally. The genesis was our experience with the care of seven elderly relatives, along with the need to provide more options to seniors who want to remain in their own homes but are challenged without safe, reliable services. With over 15 years in the home care industry, our office was at the forefront of this emerging industry and helped develop consumer awareness of this alternative to caring for the elderly and disabled.

Served as a member of National Advisory Committee, advisors to the Comfort Keepers Franchisor and past chairman of the Branding Committee. Past vice president of the Connecticut Chapter of the Homecare Association of America, an industry advocacy organization. The association provides industry and consumer education on issues of homecare as well as support and educational standards setting for the “employee based” homecare industry. Responsible for legislative development, worked with local and state legislators on rules and laws improving consumer and employee protection.

Host and Producer of An informative talk show on issues of getting older. Also authored numerous articles on the elderly and aging related issues.

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