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What Are the Signs and Symptoms of the Flu?

By Hilary and Greg Eldridge

One of the most important tools you have as a family caregiver is awareness. When you are aware of issues your senior is facing, you are better able to give them the care they need. During the fall and winter season, your senior is more vulnerable to cold and flu. Knowing the signs and symptoms of the flu can protect them from contracting it's severe complications and consequences, including the possibility of the illness worsening to potentially fatal pneumonia.

Some of the signs and symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Chest discomfort
  • Cough
  • Weakness
  • Sneezing

As opposed to the common cold, symptoms of the flu generally occur abruptly, and worsen rapidly. Though it can take longer, signs and symptoms of the illness can develop within 12 hours of exposure to the infection. In most cases, the flu will last only a few days to two weeks, though it can last much longer among those who are vulnerable, have a weakened immune system, or are suffering from other health issues. If your senior begins showing these symptoms, it is important to get them to their doctor for proper evaluation and diagnosis. The sooner your parent can receive treatment and support, the less the risk of them developing severe complications.

If you have gotten the flu, or you are caring for a partner or children who are or have been sick, it is not safe for you to take care of your aging parent. Elderly adults are more susceptible to illness and infection, including the flu, than younger people. This is due to several factors, including an immune system that is not as powerful and resistant. caring for a vulnerable senior when you are sick, have been sick recently, or have been around those who have been sick can put them at high risk of catching your germs and developing a serious illness. Respite senior care can be a valuable resource for ensuring your senior gets the care they need during this time. With this type of care, a senior home care services provider steps in on a temporary basis to ensure your senior gets consistent, effective care so you can focus on getting the rest you need to recover, or care effectively for your children or partner. This not only enables you to get healthier, or help others recover, but also protects your senior from illness.


If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring senior care in Stone Mountain, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.