October 7, 2022

The Parkway Senior Living Encourages Influenza Vaccinations

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Shawndra Banks, 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 The Parkway 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 receive the flu shot to prevent the spread of infection, hospitalizations, and prevent worsening symptoms of chronic illnesses.

To encourage our residents and staff to get their annual flu shot, we’ll have a targeted goal to reach, discuss the current number of cases in the state, and celebrate with residents the percentage of the community that is vaccinated.

We can help prevent the flu and stop the spread by washing hands, covering our cough, and reporting to a nurse or doctor when feeling sick.

To promote our flu clinic and increase participation from our staff and residents, we’re sending

invitations to community residents and staff, posting flyers in common areas about the importance of receiving the vaccine, and spreading the news by word of mouth.

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.

The Parkway Senior Living in Blue Springs, MO offers senior villas, independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Located just south of Hwy 70 right in the heart of major shopping, dining, and attractions, residents enjoy convenient access to golfing, local parks, and healthcare services.

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