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Home Care in Mansfield, OH – Does Your Parent Really Need A Flu Shot?

When flu shots come around it can be difficult for some people to decide whether or not their elderly loved one should really get one. They also have a hard time deciding if they should get one for themselves. There are always two sides to the flu shot dilemma. You can look over the facts and statistics and decide for yourself. Your loved one may want to make their own decision if they are able.Home Care Mansfield OH

Here is some information on influenza and flu shots:

  1. Flu symptoms: fever and chills, headache, stuffy or runny nose and headache. Sore throat, aching muscles and extreme fatigue. These flu symptoms can last more than one week. For elders the big worry is having the flu develop into pneumonia which can be a life-threatening situation. If your parent’s physician prescribes the vaccine for pneumococcal pneumonia, it would be covered by Medicare.
  2. The National CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices state that the only people who should avoid flu shots are those who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs or have had a previous reaction to a flu shot, or have recently developed GBS.
  3. Side effects of flu shots are rare but do exist. The most common complaint is soreness in the location of the injection for a few days.
  4. There are 36,000 people every year who die because of influenza. 90% of these are age 65 and older.
  5. New flu vaccines must be taken each year because the flu virus undergoes mutation each year and the antibodies need to be changed.
  6. Flu shots are free for elders who carry Medicare Part B.
  7. Flu shots can be obtained by the senior’s doctor, at a senior center or public health center.
  8. If you can visit your nearest Area Agency on Aging (AAA) location, most of them offer free flu vaccines.

If you think the above list sounds very pro- flu shot, that’s probably because it is. Most health professionals would agree the flu shot saves the health of many seniors and helps them avoid the pitfalls of becoming seriously sick with the flu and perhaps developing into something more serious like pneumonia.

Having an expert caregiver for your loved one from an in-home care service can take a lot of worry off your mind and give you a break from caregiving responsibilities. You have a lot on your plate, with taking care of other family members, holding down a job or career, and a personal life that also needs some attention. It’s understandable you need to have some time to yourself on a regular basis. Home care services can give your loved one excellent quality care while you attend to other things worry-free.

If you or an aging loved one needs home care services in Mansfield Ohio, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health. Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Ashland, Bellville, Crestline, Galion, Loudonville, Mt. Gilead, Shelby, Wooster and the surrounding areas.

About the author: Tracy Clark
Tracy began working for Star Multi Care as the Administrator of the Mansfield, Ohio office in March, 2012. In January, 2014 she was relocated to Florida to assume the role as Branch Administrator of the Pembroke Pines and subsequently the Home Health Liaison until coming back to Ohio in June, 2015. Prior to working at Star Multi Care, Tracy attended Marion Technical School for Business Administration and served as a United States Army Medic during Desert Shield. However, her true life’s work was awakened while spending 12 years in the long term care and assisted living arena. She quickly learned that assisting older adults was a passion that could not be denied. Tracy takes pride in being able to meet with each of her clients upon admission. Getting to know each of them enables her to personalize the care they receive and to direct her staff to ensure they receive the highest quality of care. In addition to her role as Home Health Liaison, Tracy has always been active in her community. She has served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board as Secretary, is a Certified Salvation Army National Disaster Responder, one of 1500 Specialists in 50 states to complete Mather LifeWays “PREPARE” training which trains professionals to address the medical and psychosocial needs of elderly residents affected by emergency situations, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Clinical Care Specialist Program at Madison Adult Career Center and is a member of various professional organizations throughout southeast Florida.