As a caregiver, you will be spending a lot of time with someone who has a weak immune system.  Whether you are caring for a person with a terminal illness, a person with cancer, or an elderly parent, the flu can be very dangerous for these people. Getting the flu shot is one of the best ways a caregiver can, not only decrease the chances of getting the flu themselves, but lessen the risk of spreading it to the person that you are caring for.

What is the flu?

Influenza is a virus that causes an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs.  The flu season typically begins in October, and runs through until May.  The flu can be contracted through the air but it often spreads when a person who has the flu leaves the virus on a surface and then the next person touches that surface or object.

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends that everyone six months and older should get the flu shot.  Children and older adults are at a higher risk for contracting the flu.  Therefore, if you are a providing home care for someone who is a high risk, you should seriously consider getting the flu shot.

What is the flu shot?

The flu shot is a vaccine composed of a killed form of three influenza viruses that cause your immune system to make antibodies.  These antibodies can attack, and destroy the virus if you are exposed to it.  It will take two weeks for your body to make the antibodies that will help protect you.  October and November are the best time to get the flu shot.

Getting the flu shot doesn’t always prevent you from contracting the flu, but your symptoms may be milder than if you didn’t receive the vaccine.  There are a few people who should not get the flu shot without consulting a doctor.  People with an allergy to eggs, anyone who had a severe reaction to the vaccine in the past, and some people with illnesses should talk to their doctor first.

As a caregiver, you want to do the right thing to care for yourself as well as consider the well-being of the person you are caring for.  It is strongly suggested that individuals receive the vaccine every fall but it is especially important for those who are in constant contact with others.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiving services near Alvin TX, call Sheila’s Angels and talk to our caring staff about your needs. Sheila’s Angels Provides In-home Senior Care for the Houston Area. Serving Clear Lake City, League City, Friendswood, Pearland, Alvin, El Largo, Nassau Bay, Seabrook, Taylor Lake, Clear Lake Shores and surrounding communities.

For More Information or a FREE Consultation CALL 832-295-6456.