It’s no secret that as we age, our bodies become more susceptible to viruses like the flu
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Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) November 17, 2014
Home Care Assistance – Halton/Peel Region (http://www.GreaterTorontoHomeCare.ca), the area’s leading provider of non-medical, in-home senior care, is advising seniors to make sure they have their yearly flu shot.
Aging typically weakens the immune system and makes it more difficult to fight off infections such as the flu. This is a greater concern at this time of year, when colds and the flu are more prevalent; during last year’s influenza season (November to March), over 5,200 adults over the age of 20 were hospitalized with the flu. That’s why it is important seniors take the time to get vaccinated. (Source: “Reported Influenza Hospitalizations and Deaths in Canada: 2009-10 to 2014-15 (data to November 1, 2014),” Public Health Agency of Canada website, November 1, 2014; http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/influenza/flu-stat-eng.php.)
“It’s no secret that as we age, our bodies become more susceptible to viruses like the flu,” says Rick Heinz, owner of Home Care Assistance – Halton/Peel Region. “That’s why when providing elderly home care services in MIlton and at our other locations, we encourage our seniors to get their flu shots yearly.”
Heinz explains that vaccination is the best way to combat any flu viruses, like the H1N1 or H3N2 strains that are currently infecting people right now. This is particularly true for seniors, as the vaccination for people over 65 is actually four times stronger than it is for those outside that age bracket. Flu vaccinations are available through doctors, at clinics, and even at local pharmacies.
“Our live-in senior caregivers are knowledgeable on this subject and can and do inform the people they care for about the benefits of having a flu shot,” he adds. “We do recommend, however, that seniors speak to their physician, who will be able to recommend which vaccination will be best.”
Heinz notes that while it does take a couple of weeks for the vaccination to build up one’s immunity. However, once it kicks in, seniors who are vaccinated will be protected for six months or more.
“As providers of elderly home care service in MIlton and throughout Peel, we feel adamant about protecting seniors from the flue due to their increased susceptibility,” Heinz concludes. “That’s why we suggest being vaccinated as soon as possible.”
Serving Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Milton, Burlington, Hamilton and the surrounding areas, Home Care Assistance – Halton/Peel Region provides older adults with high-quality, consistent care, helping them live happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives within the comfort of their own home. In an effort to fully address the needs of mobile and homebound clients, Home Care Assistance – Halton/Peel Region provides 24-7 live-in care, hourly home care, and hospital-to-home care. Home Care Assistance – Halton/Peel Region’s caregivers are certified in multiple skills, including the Balanced Care Method, Alzheimer’s and Dementia care, hospital-to-home care, and more. Home Care Assistance – Halton/Peel Region is so certain its customers will be 100% satisfied with its services that a long-term contract is not required. To learn more about Home Care Assistance – Halton/Peel Region, visit the company’s web site at http://www.GreaterTorontoHomeCare.ca, contact Home Care Assistance – Halton/Peel Region at 905-337-1200 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our office at 90 Lakeshore Road West in Oakville.