Urge Caregivers to Provide Additional Monitoring for the Elderly During Flu Season

Precautions

Target: Nationwide nursing homes and caregivers

Goal: Insist on paying close attention to the elderly who are extremely vulnerable to the flu

Adults over the age of 65 are extremely susceptible as the flu hits hard this season. Hospitalization rates are used as indicators for the most serious flu cases. Reports are confirming that those rates for elderly people are climbing. If care providers are stricken with this awful sickness, doctors are recommending that they should not expose elderly residents to flu germs. Urge nursing homes and caregivers to pay special attention to the elderly so as not to expose them to the potentially deadly flu virus.

As the flu makes its way across the country, many people are falling ill including nursing home staff, aides, and family members. Those who are most vulnerable include elderly people, age 65 and older, and infants or children up to 4 years of age. Data released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlight how susceptible children and older adults are by using the rate of hospitalization as an indicator of just how serious it is. According to New York’s report on influenza, 5,179 recorded outbreaks have affected nursing homes.

Many home care agencies are providing flu shots for the homebound elderly as the requests for the flu shot keep pouring in. Medical director at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Audrey Chun, is advising caregivers and other people who are inflicted with respiratory problems, i.e. a cough or runny nose, to avoid coming in contact with elderly patients for fear of passing on an infection.

Although it is important to keep away from older people so as not to expose them to any flu germs, it is very important that healthy family members and care providers check in with residents to find out how they are feeling and if they are experiencing any flu related symptoms. Insist that caregivers and family members provide extra attention for the elderly to ensure that their good health is maintained during this horrific flu season.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Elderly Caregivers and Nursing Homes Nationwide,

With the elderly and children up to age 4 particularly vulnerable to infection, it is extremely important to give them additional attention and monitoring during this intense flu season. The reports are showing an astounding number of 5,179 recorded flu outbreaks in nursing homes alone. Many are still being hospitalized for symptoms as flu season nearly reaches its peak.

Because people age 65 and older are highly susceptible to infection, doctors are strongly advising those who are exhibiting and signs of respiratory distress to avoid coming in contact with elderly residents. However, it is very important that a healthy family member or care provider call or visit to make sure their health isn’t being compromised. I strongly urge you to provide additional care for elderly patients and residents to make sure their health is a top priority during this vulnerable time.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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