Fight the Flu with Executive Home Care

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate there have been 140,000 to 710,000 flu-related hospitalizations since 2010, while flu-related deaths are estimated at 12,000 to 56,000. To prepare the Monroe community and ensure everyone stays healthy for the coming flu season, Executive Care of Monroe is hosting an influenza clinic to distribute the annual flu shot on November 2, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST., Located at 1 Overlook Dr. in Monroe, Executive Care of Monroe will administer the flu shot at Waterside Villa.

The home healthcare office will also distribute flu shots on November 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST at 958 Adelphia Rd. Freehold, NJ, and on November 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at their Ocean branch located at 52 Hyers St. Toms River, NJ.

Contracting influenza can be a serious situation for thousands of citizens annually. There is an increased risk of contracting influenza for seniors who have a lowered immune system and for those who are always around people in day-to-day work and life. Annual flu shots are recommended for everyone to help prevent outbreaks of the virus.

“It always surprises me how many people do not get a flu shot every year because they think the flu is like a cold. The flu and a cold are very different and I see many people refuse a shot and then suffer from the flu—which is a horrible experience that can last for weeks,” Senen Cabalfin, MSN, RN, co-owner and operator of Executive Care of Monroe, said. “It is better to spend a few minutes getting a shot than a few weeks bed-ridden with illness.”

The flu shot is the best protection against the flu according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Flu season typically peaks between December and February and it is advised to get the shot in October as early immunization is most effective. The flu shot is needed for every season. Consult your doctor before receiving the flu shot especially if you have questions about side-effects, feel sick before the flu shot, or are allergic to eggs or other ingredients in the shot.

Starting as early as October and ending as late as February or March, the flu is a respiratory illness affecting the nose, throat and sometimes lungs. Signs and symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. The flu spreads from coughing, sneezing or talking while having the flu. Most people are contagious in the first three to four days after their illness begins; however, some people can infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and for up to seven says after becoming sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you have any of the above symptoms or may have been in contact with someone who has the flu, contact your doctor.

“We hope to provide prevention and care for the influenza to not only the seniors of this community, but also every member of the community who has a slight risk of contracting the flu,” Cabalfin added. “We fiercely care about the wellbeing of our neighbors and we hope to show that through our flu clinic.”

Founded in 2004, Executive Care offers a variety of caregiving and skilled nursing services to help families often overwhelmed with the responsibility of providing care to a loved one – all while ensuring the patient remains in the comfort of his or her own home. Services range from companionship and help with meal preparation and household chores to help with bathing, personal hygiene and personal care. Executive Care also serves individuals recovering from illness, injury or surgery.

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