Immunizations are often recommended as an important part of proactive health care. These are the steps taken to help prevent illness and preserve health. While they are not appropriate for everyone, immunizations can prevent disease and protect your elderly loved one from serious complications.
As a family caregiver, it is important to empower your elderly loved one to take care of their health by encouraging them to make decisions that are right for them and their needs with the help of their medical team. This involves being educated about each decision, including the potential risks.
When it comes to immunizations, this includes the possible side effects your parent might experience. Some such effects are completely normal and recognizing them can reduce stress and help you to identify when your loved one might be experiencing something more serious.
Some side effects that are normal after getting immunizations include:
- Minor fever
- Redness in the area of the immunization
- Swelling and tenderness in the area of the immunization
- Sleepy feeling
- Feeling mildly under the weather or ill
The side effects of immunizations usually last only a day or two, but some tenderness may last longer. If your senior is experiencing high fever, hives, difficulty breathing, or serious effects that last longer than a few days, they may be experiencing something dangerous. Get in touch with their doctor or emergency medical services immediately. The chances of a serious side effect of an immunization is very low, but certain health issues may make your parent more vulnerable. Make sure their doctor is completely aware of all health issues your senior is dealing with at the time of the immunization to ensure it is safe for them to get the immunization, or to prepare you for possible side effects.
Helping your elderly parent stay healthy is about more than just addressing their current health issues. Taking steps to reduce the risk of further health issues helps them to enjoy higher quality of life as they age in place. Elderly care can help you to achieve this goal.
An elderly home care services provider can offer many services tailored toward addressing their health risks and supporting their health as they age. This can include meal and snack preparation that helps them follow dietary restrictions from their doctor, physical support to manage mobility issues, medication reminders, transportation to their doctor’s appointments, and more.
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