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October 7, 2022

Fox Run Senior Living Encourages Influenza Vaccinations

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Angie McClure, Director of Wellness

Remember the flu? Considering that we’ve been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020, it’s understandable if you’ve put influenza on your mental back burner.

The flu has not only been out of mind, but it’s also been largely out of sight. Between September 2020 and August 2021, there were a little over 2,000 cases of influenza in the US, according to the CDC. In a typical flu season, the US sees more than 200,000 cases in that same time frame. This decline was largely due to protective measures that were taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

While that’s positive news, last year’s hiatus from the flu has many experts concerned about what this year might bring. With protective measures being more relaxed and the lack of exposure to the flu during last season, we might be more susceptible to the virus when it returns. Older adults may be especially at risk.

At Fox Run Senior Living, we all play a vital role in preventing the spread of influenza. The best way to protect yourself and prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated. While all age groups over six months remain priorities for vaccination, additional emphasis this flu season will be on adults at higher risk from COVID-19 complications. This includes adults with underlying illnesses and those considered to be immunocompromised.

It is important for our residents to get the flu shot, because they are at a higher risk for complications related to the flu. As we get older our immune system is not as good as it once was. The greatest way to avoid getting the flu and the potential complications is to get a flu shot.

Education is key to encouraging or inspiring residents and staff to get their annual flu shot. Some of the best ways to stop the spread of the flu and prevent it, besides getting the shot, is to stay home when you are sick, wear masks around others if you must go out, disinfect surfaces in your home, wash your hands, and cover your cough.

To promote the flu clinic at Fox Run, flyers will be displayed at the front desk announcing the date and the importance of getting the flu shot. Entertainment and snacks will be offered during the clinic, and anyone that gets a shot will be entered into a raffle for a gift basket.

Every one of us plays a vital role in preventing the spread of influenza. To offer protection to our residents in the most convenient manner, communities have begun planning their Annual Flu Vaccine Clinics. We are encouraging all eligible individuals to receive this year’s preventive vaccination. If you are unsure if you should receive the vaccine, please consult with your physician or healthcare provider.

Fox Run Senior Living in Fairborn, Ohio offers assisted living and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Newly renovated in 2021. Amenities at Fox Run include dining at Grissom’s Restaurant, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Peacefully located just east of Hwy 675 with convenient access to local shopping and attractions.

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