July 14, 2020
Against influenza and pneumonia to be more protected against cold and humidity, in addition to other ills.
In these times of pandemic, it is important to respect the vaccination schedule of older adults, to prevent their health is not at risk from cold and humidity. So, it is during this time of year that they should be immunized against influenza and pneumonia, stresses Geriatrician Luis Sandoval, from the Clínica Ricardo Palma.
The doctor points out that these vaccines do not protect them against Covid-19, but they avoid a series of complications that may happen after being infected with this virus or due to low temperatures.
“Over the years, the immune system weakens and it becomes more difficult for it to fight infections and it becomes more prone to getting sick. Herein lies the importance of immunizing whiteheads”, highlights the specialist.
Older adults with chronic conditions such as asthma, fibrosis, diabetes, or kidney failure should also be immunized against other diseases so that their defenses remain high and strong, thus avoiding the risk of infection and hospitalization.
The doctor recommends that people over 60 get vaccinated first against influenza and the following month against pneumonia. He warns that influenza immunizations are updated every year, so it is important to protect yourself every 12 months and do not have colds or flu at the time of receiving the dose.
To avoid pneumonia, it is important to have a balanced nutritional scheme, wash your hands frequently, avoid drafts and sudden changes in temperature, wear warm clothes, do physical activity 30 minutes a day, drink water, cover your nose and mouth when sneezing, keep the spaces ventilated and avoid contact with people suffering from respiratory diseases.
The most frequent symptoms are cough, shortness of breath, and fever. If older adults show these signs avoid self-treatment and take them to the nearest health center.
Dr. Luis Sandoval
Geriatrician at Clínica Ricardo Palma