Our Response to COVID-19

How the 2020 Flu Season is Impacting Seniors

With COVID-19 still present, the flu shot is critical for at-risk seniors.

Our world has changed dramatically since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. For higher-risk individuals, taking more precautions may be the best way to combat illness. The flu shot is the perfect example of this.

What happens if the flu shot is hard to come by?

Local pharmacists are experiencing that very problem, as most of the larger chains receive shipments faster than independently owned pharmacies. For residents in Senior Living Communities, reaching out to a staff member is a great place to start. The team at Pegasus Senior Living will assist you in finding a convenient location to receive the flu shot.

How does the 2020 flu season look for seniors?

In a normal world, the flu season is still an issue for higher-risk people. Today, seniors are looking at the possibility of having COVID-19 and the flu at the same time

“While flu seasons vary in severity, during most seasons, people 65 years and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease. In recent years, for example, it’s estimated that between 70 percent and 85 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older, and between 50 percent and 70 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations have occurred among people in this age group.” – Read more on cdc.gov.

What should seniors do to stay healthy?

Seniors should focus on receiving the flu shot as soon as they can. A helpful tip would be to call a few local pharmacies to check on availability. For seniors in Pegasus Senior Living communities, reaching out to a team member to ask for assistance is the best way in finding a preventative flu shot.

What does this mean during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Seniors with health concerns should continue to follow the CDC’s guidelines on what precautions to take to avoid COVID-19 and the flu, which include wearing a mask, hand washing, and practicing social distancing. This is extremely important as the risk of having the flu and COVID-19 at the same time is now a possibility.

So, how does the 2020 flu season look for seniors?

The risk of infection is higher with the flu on the rise. Although, with preventative measures, seniors can avoid illness and stay healthy.

  1. Make a plan to get a flu shot.
  2. Call ahead to your local pharmacy to check availability.
  3. Continue wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.
  4. Wash your hands.
  5. Stay healthy and safe!

How is the 2020 Flu Season Impacting Seniors?

We are already living in a more cautious environment due to the pandemic. As we enter flu season, seniors will have to be even more aware of their surroundings to protect themselves. Seniors with health concerns are more susceptible to illnesses like the flu or COVID-19. With extra safety measures, like receiving the flu shot and wearing a mask, seniors lower their risk of getting sick and are able to stay happy and healthy all season long.

To learn where you can receive your 2020 flu shot, use the CDC’s helpful Vaccine Finder website by clicking here.