As much as we love the beauty and cozy moments that come with the fall time, this time of year also brings in the flu season. For individuals living in Surrey retirement communities, staying healthy is a top priority, and one of the most effective ways to stay on top of this is to get your fall flu shot. Read along as we discuss why it is crucial for both your own well-being and that of your Surrey retirement community. 

All about the flu

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can sometimes lead to further complications in older adults. The flu shot is a vaccine that is developed each year to match the strains of the virus and it becomes your armor against the seasonal flu. By getting a vaccine, you are not only protecting yourself from the flu but you are also protecting the spread from reaching others around you, including your fellow peers in your Surrey retirement community. 

Reducing risk of hospitalization

The flu has the potential to hit particular seniors harder due to pre-existing conditions. There are cases of it leading to complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis, or other respiratory issues, that can sometimes result in hospitalization. By getting your flu shot, you reduce the risk of experiencing these complications significantly. This means fewer trips to the hospital or clinic and in return more time to enjoy doing the activities you love and spending time with loved ones. 

Protecting vulnerable community members

In Surrey retirement communities, there is a high probability that you are surrounded by residents who may have compromised immune systems or underlying health conditions. Getting your flu shot is a way to protect not just your health but the health of your friends and neighbors who may be more vulnerable to illness. When part of a Surrey retirement community, it is necessary to be a responsible and caring member.

Preserving quality of life

The flu can be a big disruption to daily life, especially if you are someone who often experiences symptoms for longer periods of time. The flu often brings high fever, body aches, and exhaustion. By taking a little time off of your schedule to grab your flu shot, you can help preserve your quality of life and enjoy the fall season to the fullest. 

The fall season is filled with an abundance of exciting outdoor activities, from scenic walks to apple picking and community events. Getting your flu shot early in the season helps your body build immunity, so you can partake in these activities without the constant worry of falling ill.

Peace of Mind

In uncertain times, the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ve taken steps to protect yourself from the flu is important. A flu shot is one of the most effective and safest ways to prevent the spread of the virus and ensure a healthier autumn season for you and your peers.

Getting your flu shot is not just a preventative measure, it’s an act of care, responsibility, and solidarity with your fellow retirees. It’s a simple action that can have a significant impact on your health and the well-being of your Surrey retirement community. 

To make getting the flu shot more convenient for you, The Pacific Carlton provides a convenient flu shot clinic on-site. We make it as easy and convenient for you to get vaccinated without having to venture out far. 

If you’re looking for a VRS seniors retirement community that offers a variety of recreational activities, we are here for you. Feel free to contact us to inquire if we offer assisted living services at any VRS location. Call 604-731-1020 to arrange a tour at one of VRS’ warm and friendly independent seniors community.