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Seniors more at risk this flu season

Visiting Angels is dropping off kits for senior citizens. (Source: WOIO) Visiting Angels is dropping off kits for senior citizens. (Source: WOIO)
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MENTOR, OH (WOIO) - The flu epidemic has threatened northeast Ohio seniors, but an in-home senior care company is doing what it can to keep seniors protected.  

John Drumm, 92, has been a client of Visiting Angels for several years.

"In prior years, you figured if you got the flu shot, you were safe," said Drumm. 

Experts say that's not the case this year.

The flu shot is not effective against half of all flu strains, and it's putting seniors at risk. 

Mike Brodnan works with Visiting Angels and says there's help available.

"We are delivering these kits to seniors. We are helping them sanitize their homes," explained Brodnan.

Brodnan says it's all about being proactive.

"To go out to the store so they don't contract things while they are out and about," said Brodnan.

Brodnan says there are things everyone should do to protect themselves. He suggests buying sanitary wipes to clean refrigerators, doors, pins and light switches.

"To have paper towels in the bathrooms at all times, and not just use regular bath towels, because they carry and harbor germs," said Brodnan.

It's a lot of work for seniors and Drumm says he would not be able to do it all without help from Visiting Angels.

"We are very grateful. Yes, it helps," said Drumm.

Visiting Angels recommends checking on seniors in your family and sanitizing their homes. They say 90 percent of all flu-related deaths occur in people 65 years and older.

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