Vaccines: After the age of 50, your parents aren’t done getting vaccinations.
Vaccines like shingles require one dose. Others, such as pneumonia, take a couple of doses. Then, you also have flu shots and TDAP that require boosters every year or decade. No one yet knows what the booster schedule for COVID-19 vaccinations will be.
Vaccination days can be stressful. Help your parents become prepared for these days using these recommendations.
Cancel If They Feel Sick
If your parents feel sick, it’s best to delay the appointment. They want their bodies to focus on building immunities to the vaccine and not fighting a virus.
Hydrate and Have a Meal
If your parents don’t drink enough, there’s always a risk of dehydration. Dehydration may make your parents feel shaky and weak. You don’t want them blaming the vaccination when it’s really that they’re dehydrated.
On the day before the vaccination, make sure they drink a full two liters of water or other beverages. Avoid alcoholic beverages as they can lead to dehydration. Before the appointment, they should drink a bottle of water.
Also, if they’re hungry and their blood sugar is low, that can make them feel off. Have your parents eat a small meal before the appointment. It can help lower the risk of fainting from low blood sugar levels.
Wear Short Sleeves
How do your parents usually dress for outings? If your mom is the type to wear a dress shirt with a sweater over it, two layers of clothing have to be removed before the shot is administered. Plus, she’d have to go down to a bra, which can be uncomfortable if she’s in a pharmacy.
It’s best to wear a t-shirt or tank top to the appointment. If your parents are cold, a zip-up sweatshirt or cardigan that quickly is removed works well. As soon as they sit down for the shot, they can quickly expose their arm for the injection and speed up the appointment.
Vaccines: Have Ice Packs Available
After the injections, ice packs can help lower the risk of swelling and discomfort. Use an ice pack over the injection site for the first couple of hours.
Have you arranged transportation for your parents? If you can’t drive them to the doctor’s office or vaccination clinic, make sure they have an elder care aide available. You also want to have the elder care aide spend time with them after the vaccination in case there are any side effects or allergic reactions.
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