Did you know? Elderly people are at risk of "pneumonia" from influenza.

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09 Nov 2023

Did you know? Elderly people are at risk of "pneumonia" from influenza.

      Pneumonia is a danger for the elderly, especially for those with common underlying conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. In addition to these general health conditions, influenza is also a close threat, especially during seasonal changes. Without proper prevention or treatment, the severity of the disease can escalate, leading to infectious pneumonia and, in the worst case, death. Today, we have some tips on preventing "pneumonia" for the elderly.

  • Elderly individuals should maintain their health by consuming nutritious food in moderate amounts, avoiding strongly flavored and high-fat foods, staying hydrated, getting adequate rest, and engaging in regular exercise.
  • Avoid being in close proximity to individuals with colds or the flu.
  • Refrain from touching individuals who are sick and avoid sharing personal items with others.
  • Reduce outings to crowded places during flu or influenza outbreaks.
  • Get a influenza vaccine every year, as the flu virus constantly mutates. The vaccine is approximately 70-80% effective in preventing the flu. It's advisable to get vaccinated before the rainy season, around May to June, when influenza is prevalent.
  • Consider a vaccine to protect against bacterial infections that can cause pneumonia due to bacterial sources.

      Pneumonia caused by bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics in the form of oral medication or injections. The treatment plan is generally determined by the severity of the disease. Typically, after receiving antibiotic treatment, symptoms improve within 2-3 days. In cases of pneumonia caused by a viral infection, treatment is based on the individual's symptoms and is usually less severe.

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