The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has released a new influenza prevention initiative, and it focuses on the older members of the population. The release, titled Flu + You, aims to help curb the rate of influenza deaths among seniors. According to the association, six out of 10 flu-related hospital stays in the U.S. occur among people over the age of 65.
NCOA feels that the time is right for this initiative, as the number of people over 65 in the U.S. is going to increase dramatically as the baby boomer generation enters their retirement years. The organization wants older adults to know how aging decreases one's ability to fight off influenza, making a vaccination even more essential.
"The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has long recommended that older adults receive an annual influenza immunization as the best way to help prevent the flu, yet immunization rates are still far below public health goals," said Dr. Richard Bikel, director of NCOA's Self-Management Alliance.
Any private care attendant working with an older adult may want to take note of this new initiative, and encourage those they care for to seek out a vaccination.
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