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Tips to reduce flu risks for seniors

Flu Prevention

Older adults have a weaker immune system and tend to be more susceptible to catching the flu.

Here are some tips on how to prevent getting sick according to Daily Caring:

Get a flu shot

It helps to protect yourself from getting the flu and lessening the symptoms if you do.

Wash your hands

Keeping your hands clean is a great way to get rid of cold and flu germs.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

All three are common places for germs to enter the body since you usually touch your face without thinking. That’s another reason why it’s important to wash your hands.


Exercising can help strengthen your immune system, which will help fight any germs off.

Clean your home

Keeping your living space clean will kill the germs and help prevent you from picking the germs up.

Clean your mobile devices

We tend to forget how dirty they can get, so clean them regularly to kill any germs on them.

Stay away from sick people

That should be common sense, but if you are around them – you risk getting what they have.

Try to avoid crowds and unneeded travel

Being in and around a lot of people increases your chance of catching the flu

Stay hydrated

Drinking water helps keep your nasal passages moist, so they’ll trap the germs before they enter your body.

Add some Vitamin C to your life

Studies show a little extra Vitamin C can help reduce your risk of getting sick.


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