Influenza, or the “flu,” is a contagious respiratory illness. It can cause mild to severe sickness, and at times it can even be fatal. Older adults, young children, and people with certain health conditions are at high risk for serious flu complications, including bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, and dehydration.
Don't Let the Flu Get to You
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot every year in the late summer or early fall. Other ways to stop the spread of flu viruses include:
What to Do if You Get the Flu
If you or someone you care for has a fever, chills, aches, a sore throat, cough, or other symptoms of the flu, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
A healthcare provider can prescribe medications known as "anti-virals" to help your body fight the virus. These anti-viral medications work differently than vaccines or antibiotics, and they need to be taken according to your healthcare provider’s directions. They work best if they're taken early, so call your healthcare provider as soon as you have symptoms of the flu. Learn more.
Other "Must Dos" for the Flu
If you think you might have the flu, be sure to take the following precautions, too:
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Help us support health and aging today, so we can all age well tomorrow
During the month of October, Leon County Government will join the community to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To show support, Leon County will host activities and educational opportunities as part of “Paint the Town Pink” initiative.
Leon County has partnered with the Tallahassee Democrat for #GoPinkLemonade. On Wednesday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to noon, Leon County will host a pink lemonade stand on the front lawn of the Leon County Courthouse. All proceeds will be donated to the Joanna Francis Living Well organization to support breast cancer research.
Leon County will also ‘Paint the Town Pink’ through several County services.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a partnership of national public service organizations, professional medical associations and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness and share information on the disease.
To view photos of Leon County’s Pink Initiative during October, visit www.LeonPhotos.org .
For more information, contact Mathieu Cavell, Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 / cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov .
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Living at home as you age requires careful consideration and planning. Learn how you can make some changes to help maintain your independence.
Do you want to grow old in your own home? Check out these tips from NIA to help you #ageinplace: http://bit.ly/2hflN9b
The Equifax data breach is one of the largest in history, affecting half of the United States population and nearly three-quarters of consumers with credit reports. The stolen information contains sensitive personal data that can be used for identity theft, including Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and in some cases, driver’s license numbers.
Older adults, who may have more savings and accumulated home equity than the general population, are particularly at risk. Another risk of this massive data breach is tax identity theft, where crooks file phony tax returns in the older adult’s name. Identity theft tops the list of consumer complaints that are reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other enforcement agencies every year.
Older consumers can take steps to protect themselves against theft and potential scams. Consumers affected by the breach should get a security freeze. This will prevent a thief from using the stolen information to establish a new credit account in the older adult’s name. Consumers should freeze their credit reports at all three major credit bureaus as stolen information can be used to fraudulently apply for credit using reports from Experian or TransUnion as well. Information about security freezes is available from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and FTC. In addition, the National Consumer Law Center published a free article offering detailed advice for consumers on security freezes, fraud alerts, credit monitoring, and other steps consumers can take to minimize the risks from the Equifax data breach.
Request a Free Case Consultation
Case consultation assistance is available for attorneys and professionals seeking more information to help older adults. Contact NCLER at ConsultNCLER@acl.hhs.gov.
Contact the National Center on Law and Elder Rights
People’s immune systems can become weaker with age, which places people 65 years and older at high risk of serious flu complications. Flu vaccination is especially important for people 65 years and older. https://go.usa.gov/xRpts
For CHP members (and most other insurances), there is a $0 copay for preventive services; included the flu shot.
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