Keeping Healthy: Immunizations and Infection Control


Germs may be found anywhere. Though the immune system usually performs a decent job of safeguarding itself and fighting off germs and viruses, it might deteriorate with age or as a result of certain medical disorders or therapies. Fortunately, there are strategies to enhance your immune system and general health, particularly as you age.

Maintain Immunization Schedule

You may have had several shots as a youngster, but more immunizations are required for older individuals. Vaccinations can prevent or greatly reduce your chances of falling ill or suffering severe symptoms. Stay current and receive any essential boosters to fortify your body’s defenses. The following are examples of common vaccines and vaccinations for seniors:

  • Flu vaccine (annual)
  • Pneumonia vaccine (annual)
  • Covid-19 vaccine (as recommended)
  • Shingles vaccine
  • Td or Tdap (tetanus/diphtheria or tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis)

Some seniors may also be recommended to receive Hepatitis B or HPV vaccines, as well as immunizations for any upcoming trip. Consult your doctor to design a vaccination regimen that is appropriate for your health.

Take Steps to Reduce Risk of Infection

Besides remaining up to date on immunizations, there are additional methods to prevent your exposure to germs, lower your risk of common diseases, and boost your immune system.

  • Hands should be washed often– This includes touching high-touch surfaces such as door handles, elevator buttons, railings, countertops, and credit card machines after using the restroom, before and after preparing food, and after coming into contact with high-touch surfaces such as door handles, elevator buttons, railings, countertops, and credit card machines. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer should be used.
  • Try not to touch your face– Keep your hands as far away from your eyes, nose, and mouth as possible. These are some of the most common entry points for pathogens into your body.
  • Keep a safe distance from sick people– Wait to visit someone who has a cold, the flu, or any potentially contagious sickness until they feel better.
  • Antibiotics should be finished– If you are given a prescription, be sure you follow it through. Even if you feel better, don’t stop taking the antibiotic too soon, or the infection will return.
  • Any wounds should be cleaned and bandaged– Open wounds or sores also allow bacteria or germs to enter your body and cause illness. To facilitate healing, keep wounds clean and change dressings regularly.
  • If you’re not feeling well, stay at home– If you are feeling ill or are recovering from illness, make sure you get enough rest and stay at home. Your immune system may already be compromised, and you don’t want to expose yourself (or others) to additional germs.

Be cautious about where you go, what you do, and who you interact with. Keep your house clean by wiping down surfaces and replacing air filters regularly. While you cannot avoid all interactions with germs or viruses, you may take steps to limit your exposure.

An in-home caregiver can assist you with light housework, medicine reminders, appointment scheduling, and running local errands, especially if you are prone to illness. They can also help you with meal planning and preparation so you can eat a well-balanced diet and boost your immune system.

Call (925) 210-0323 to schedule a free consultation with Always Best Care (East Bay) and learn how you can benefit from non-medical in-home care.

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