The Human Body Ages, So Does The Immune System? Essay

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As the human body ages, so does the immune system. The body will begin to struggle the fight off viruses and bacteria that cause illness. An 88 year old resident in Sunrise Nursing home, Mrs Rosa Turay has become infected with influenza and an associated chest infection. It will be discussed the modes of spread and the risk in relation to the elderly and the relationship with the patients and professionals in relation to Mrs Turay. Precautions needed in nursing home settings and why it is necessary for all stakeholders, other risk assessments and nursing care required. Also, recommendations or changes that could be made to reduce the risk of complications and resolve the case.
Influenza is caused by a virus that has an impact on the airways and lung, however, more commonly known as the flu. It is a serious illness that should be taken with great precautions and never taken lightly (Hale, 2014). Airborne Diseases, such as influenza are caused by pathogenic microbes, small enough to be discharged from an infected person, spread mainly by droplets via coughing, sneezing, laughing and close personal contact. Droplets then have the opportunity to land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly inhaled into the lungs (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014). Influenza within the elderly population can have devastating effects that could ultimately lead to death when not treated correctly. It is possible for further illness’s to grow from the already…

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