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October 7, 2022

Vitalia Active Adult Community – Montrose Encourages Influenza Vaccinations

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: LaShawn Stepteau, Regional Wellness Coordinator

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 Vitalia Active Adult Community – Montrose, 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 so they can build up an immunity for the season. Flu vaccinations help prevent residents from getting the flu virus. Prevention of catching the flu could also prevent an outbreak and assist with infection control in our community.  

I encourage residents to get their flu shot and prevent illness to decrease medical visits and hospitalization during the upcoming holiday. This preventative tool can help you stay well and enjoy the season with loved ones instead of alone in bed. Get your shot and stay strong and healthy for the most wonderful time of the year!  

We can help prevent the flu and stop the spread. First, you should get your flu shot to build an immunity for the season. Next, always use good handwashing techniques for at least 20 seconds and sanitize your hands in between washes. Finally, follow CDC guidelines and practice being mindful of others.  

All staff are encouraged to obtain a flu vaccine. They have been notified they can participate in clinics in the community or provided supported to make an appointment with their local provider. They are also encouraged to be healthy and stay strong for the residents, because they are essential in the lives of the community for which they serve.   

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.

VITALIA® Montrose in Copley, OH offers 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. Centrally located near Cleveland Clinic with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Mud Run Golf Course and Driving Range, Summit Mall, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Summit County Metro Park, Stan Hywet, and Hale Farm.

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