Remember all those care packages your parents sent you to heal a broken heart, feed you at college or make your birthday memorable? Now children/grandchildren can send aging relatives a care package of their own with the Senior Swine Flu Prevention Package. Some senior groups complain senior citizens did not make the government’s priority list for Swine-Flu vaccinations. So senior care experts warn relatives it’s their job to keep elderly loved ones safe.
“This season’s flu outbreak is a constantly changing dynamic situation and families must be vigilant, especially with seniors,” says Peter Ross, CEO, Senior Helpers. “If you have aging out-of-town relatives, send them a prevention care package and/or hire a caregiver to go into their home and help them take precautions. In-home caregivers are trained to spot symptoms and get seniors immediate help.”
This year, The White House advised Swine Flu could infect half the U.S. population, hospitalize 1.8 million people and lead to as many as 90,000 deaths. The government’s vaccination priority list that left off seniors did include pregnant women, health care workers, people caring for infants, children and young adults from six months to 24 years and people age 25 – 64 with underlying medical conditions such as asthma or diabetes.
You can assemble the Senior Swine Flu Prevention Package for less than $20. For other prevention package suggestions, go to www.Flu.gov.
The Senior Swine Flu Prevention Package includes:
• Senior Swine Flu Tip Sheet
• Latex gloves – to wear when opening doors, shopping, etc. to avoid picking up germs.
• Hand Sanitizer – Pocket size bottles can easily be kept in purses, cars, briefcases and desks.
• Baby Wipes – Seniors should wipe down hands, door knobs, car doors, pens, etc.