058 Avoiding Missed Flu in Older Adults


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In This Episode:

Dr. K explains why influenza is easily missed in older adults and what families can do, to help their older loved ones get diagnosed and treated before it’s too late. She covers:

  • Recently published research finding that hospitalized older adults often aren’t tested for the flu virus
  • Why it’s important to not miss the flu in older adults
  • The usual symptoms of “influenza-like illness”
  • Common symptoms of influenza in older adults
  • Why older adults may not show typical influenza symptoms
  • What the CDC currently recommends, regarding influenza diagnosis and treatment
  • What to do, if an older person falls ill during influenza season

Related episode:

050 Flu Shots for Older Adults: What to Know

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