The flu vaccine: a good dose of prevention
The most effective method of flu prevention is an annual vaccine. A vaccine protects you by producing an immune response to the influenza virus. There are three types of flu viruses—influenza A, B, and C—the first two being the types most responsible for seasonal flu epidemics. The vaccine covers most strains of A and B. In 2016, the CDC found that seniors who were vaccinated were 57 percent less likely to be hospitalized due to the illness than non-vaccinated people.
Seniors who want more protection can get a high-dose vaccine, which contains four times as much active ingredient as a regular flu shot, and so provides a better immune response. Once administered, it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to protect you. To give your body a chance to build immunity, it’s best to get the vaccine early in the flu season.
Help from mobile healthcare professionals
Sometimes, despite your best efforts at staying healthy, you fall victim to a case of the flu that just won’t go away. As a senior, getting prompt medical attention should be your next move. In your weakened condition, though, getting dressed and driving several miles to a healthcare facility, only to then endure a long wait to be seen, is hardly a desirable option. That’s when you need at-home urgent care from DisptachHealth. Our qualified medical team can arrive at your home within a couple of hours after you contact us via our app, website, or by phone. We’re equipped with medical tools and supplies to treat a wide range of illnesses, including severe cases of the flu. Whether you need IV fluids for dehydration, a breathing treatment, or pain medication, we can provide it. And, don’t worry, we will write a detailed report about our visit to keep your physician informed.
To make our healthcare services as streamlined as possible, we’ve partnered with major insurance carriers like Humana, Aetna, and Cigna, and accept Medicare and Medicaid as well. With DispatchHealth, you’ll receive fast, convenient, and affordable flu treatment that’s equally as effective as emergency room care—just what you need to get on the road to full recovery.