Winter is coming, with the risk of seasonal viruses like the flu and RSV. These viruses can pose a severe health risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. Read on as we discuss the dangers of seasonal viruses for CKD patients and how to practice safety this flu season!
The Effects of Flu Season on Kidney Disease
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition in which the kidneys cannot filter blood properly. This can lead to a build-up of toxins and waste in the body and ultimately lead to kidney failure. Several conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure, can cause CKD. As the holiday spirit starts, we all know winter is coming. This means breaking out the hot cocoa and a cozy sweater for many of us. Still, this season can be especially tough for those with chronic kidney disease (CKD).
People with chronic kidney disease are more susceptible to the flu for various reasons. For one, their kidneys don’t work as well as healthy kidneys. Due to a weakened immune system, they can’t filter out the flu virus as effectively. Second, they often have other health conditions compromising their immune systems, such as diabetes and heart disease. Finally, they may be on dialysis, leading to dehydration and making it difficult for the body to fight off infection. As a result, people with chronic kidney disease are at a higher risk of developing flu complications, such as pneumonia.
Here’s How to Stay Safe
Because chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients are at a higher risk of developing flu complications, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all CKD patients receive a flu shot annually. This is the most effective way for kidney disease patients to avoid the risk of infection. In addition to getting vaccinated, CKD patients should also avoid contact with sick people, wash their hands often, and clean surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu. If you do develop symptoms of the flu, it is essential to see a doctor right away. Early treatment with antiviral medications can help reduce the illness’s severity. The dangers of seasonal viruses for CKD patients is real, but by taking these simple precautions, they can help avoid feeling blue this flu season!
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