Carla, 58, & Stefan, 56
Carla and Stefan live in Halifax. They met at college, more years ago than they care to remember, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. Carla is a retired dental hygienist and Stefan is a high school math teacher. They have three grown children and two grandchildren, so far.
Carla is mindful about her and Stefan’s health. Getting sick could prevent them from spending time with their family or doing the things they love.
Carla and Stefan don’t feel like the flu shot really makes a difference. They’ve even heard it can make you sick.
Carla and Stefan are happiest when they are surrounded by family. There’s nothing better than having all of the kids, and their kids, home for the weekend or up at the cottage. It’s also nice when Carla’s parents are able to join, but that has become more difficult as they age.
Did you know: In the 2020-2021 flu season, vaccine uptake in Canada was similar to the 2019-20 season: 32% among adults aged 18 to 64, and 70% among people over 65. Let’s try to get that higher every year!
Carla and Stefan’s youngest son, Mitch, is studying Criminology at Ryerson University in Toronto. He lives near campus, and they like to visit him whenever they can. He takes them to cool new restaurants and to see live bands. It reminds them of their old college days!
Flu season in Canada usually starts in late fall. Get your flu shot early!
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Older adults are at higher risk of serious medical events following a flu infection. In the days following infection, adults over 40 are 10X more likely to suffer their first heart attack, and 8X more likely to suffer their first stroke.
While Stefan is at school, Carla often goes to her parents’ place to help around the house. They are both in their mid-80s, and her mother is in the early stages of dementia. Carla and Stefan have started the conversation about long-term care, but her parents aren’t always agreeable to that idea.
Influenza in seniors over 65 can trigger even more serious health issues like heart attacks and strokes. Seniors hospitalized with influenza are often later unable to carry out daily activities like bathing, dressing or eating without assistance.
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Influenza strains can live on the surface of smartphones, keyboards, door handles and other everyday objects for up to 48 hours.
Stefan loves acting like a kid whenever he’s with his grandchildren! He and Carla babysit for their daughter pretty regularly, and he can usually be found in the basement with the kids, roaring like a dinosaur or building a pillow fort. They never seem to run out of energy, and somehow neither does he!
Washing your hands and avoiding touching your face will help prevent spread of the flu. But the best form of protection is the vaccine.
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Stefan has been golfing since he was a teenager. He’s a member of the local golf club and whenever he has free time, he heads to the course. Since retiring, Carla joins him often and has also started to really enjoy the game. They’re thinking of spending some time down south during the winters after Stefan retires, so they can golf all year.
Influenza spreads easily from person to person through coughing, sneezing or face-to-face contact. Consider wearing a mask in public settings.
When they aren’t spending time with their family, Carla and Stefan like to host small dinner parties with their friends. It doesn’t happen that often these days, but they try to pull something together every few months or so. Carla does most of the cooking, but Stefan is always willing to help out — and taste test!
The flu is an unpredictable virus. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommends getting a vaccine every year.
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