Navigation Links
Doctor Explains Why Flu a Greater Threat to Seniors
Date:1/17/2013

THURSDAY, Jan. 17 (HealthDay News) -- The nasty flu season in the United States this year poses a particular risk for people aged 65 and older, an expert warns.

People's immune systems weaken as they age, explained Dr. Andrew Duxbury, an associate professor in the gerontology, geriatrics and palliative care division at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.

"When older people get the flu and get knocked down further, they are more likely to get other infections, such as pneumonia," Duxbury said in a university news release. "Just being knocked into bed for as little as three or four days can, in a very frail older person, make it so they lose the ability to walk and do for themselves. It can cause a spiral in disabilities and increase chances of falls and injuries."

Prevention is the best defense. Seniors and their caregivers should get a flu shot, wash hands regularly and avoid crowds, Duxbury recommended.

He also offered advice about what seniors should do if they get the flu.

"Pay more attention to things like staying hydrated," Duxbury said. "Appetite and thirst mechanisms are different for older people; they can tip over to dehydration in less than a day if they don't keep fluids up."

Seniors with the flu also need to get out of bed at least a little bit, he said.

"It's better for lungs and helps avoid pneumonia," Duxbury explained.

He said seniors or their caregivers should call a doctor if they have shortness of breath, a cough that produces mucus or a fever higher than 101 degrees.

More information

Flu.gov has more about seniors and the flu.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Alabama at Birmingham, news release, Jan. 11, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. 1,800 Michigan doctors launch effort to improve health care for Medicare patients
2. Women’s Health and Surgery Center Doctors Named to Top Doctors List
3. Inaccurate diagnoses of melanoma by smartphone apps could delay doctor visits, life-saving treatment
4. Mayo Clinic: Skin problems, joint disorders top list of reasons people visit doctors
5. Two RMACT Fertility Specialists Named ‘Best Doctors in America’
6. Many More Doctors Using Electronic Health Records
7. Doctors Often Miss Signs of Problem Drinking in Patients, Study Finds
8. Better care from doctors who are culturally aware
9. Just what the doctor ordered for the New Year- New Talent with Nancy Di Nino’s BRAVADO, Branding, Marketing & Management Services for athletes & models
10. U.S. Efforts to Boost Number of Primary Care Doctors Have Failed
11. DoctorSites (Websites for Doctors) Announce a New Scheduling Calendar Feature Available in 2013
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Doctor Explains Why Flu a Greater Threat to Seniors
(Date:7/26/2017)... ... July 26, 2017 , ... Evergreen Healthcare Partners is ... continued efforts to provide innovative offerings to their healthcare partners. These solutions will ... dynamic, high-performing teams to address healthcare IT’s biggest challenges. , “Adding Talent Management ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... ... ... may be hard to imagine that the basic necessities that developed countries take for ... developed countries consider rare or eradicated, like measles, are still a rite of passage ... segment of "Success Files", actor Rob Lowe will introduce a new segment that will ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... ... July 26, 2017 , ... ... will host its 2017 Process Validation and Process Validation Statistics Conferences in ... to process validation lifecycle challenges faced by process validation professionals and statisticians ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... Newport Beach, CA 92660 (PRWEB) , ... ... ... of Data Loss Prevention for on-premises, off and in the cloud ; today ... intelligent detection and scientific algorithms within a simple to use control console for ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... ... July 26, 2017 , ... “We are thrilled to be partnering with Six ... schedule an appointment online in real time,” said Keith English, LocalMed CEO. “Allowing patients ... will bring more Six Month Smiles patients to their providers.” , Each month, over ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/13/2017)... Mich. , July 13, 2017  Centurion Medical Products, a ... its DisImpactor ® fecal impaction removal device for hospice patient ... ... Patient pain management and ... for Hospice can help alleviate patient pain while preventing unneeded emergency ...
(Date:7/11/2017)... IRVINE, Calif. , July 11, 2017 Zymo Research Corp., ... new service that can quantify biological aging in a precise manner using ... Dr. Steve Horvath , a professor of human genetics and biostatistics ... Fielding School of Public Health , Zymo Research,s proprietary DNAge ™ ... loci. ...
(Date:7/11/2017)... Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ORMP ) ( ... development of oral drug delivery systems, announced today that ... to schedule an End-of-Phase II meeting with Oramed for ... insulin capsule ORMD-0801 in the treatment of type 2 ... endpoints by indicating a statistically significant lowering of glucose ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: