While the flu can make you feel very ill, sometimes flu complications can develop that will make you feel even worse. • You have trouble breathing with flu. • Your flu symptoms don’t improve or they worsen after three or four days. • After your flu symptoms improve, you suddenly develop signs of a more [...]
Seniors should contact their health care provider if flu symptoms develop. A medical evaluation may be needed to evaluate for complications and treatment. Antiviral medication (Relenza, Tamiflu) may be prescribed. Other recommendations for treating flu symptoms in older adults include: • Get plenty of rest. • Drink plenty of liquids. • Ask the doctor or [...]
The best way to prevent the seasonal flu is to get an annual flu vaccine. Getting a seasonal flu shot is a very smart idea. It reduces hospitalization by about 70% and death by about 85% among older adults who do not live in nursing homes, according to the National Institute on Aging. Among nursing [...]
Complications of flu in seniors may include: • pneumonia • dehydration • worsening of chronic medical conditions, including lung conditions such asasthma and emphysema and heart disease It’s important to see your doctor immediately if you have any of these flu complications. The sooner you start medical treatment, the faster it can work to treat [...]
Although more common in children, older adults sometimes suffer from stomach symptoms, like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, with flu. These symptoms seem to be more common with swine flu.