By Dellas Baldelli
Throughout history, influenza viruses have mutated and caused pandemics or global epidemics. In 1890, an especially virulent strain of influenza hit the heartland, killing many Americans. Those who survived that pandemic and lived to experience the 1918 pandemic tended to be less susceptible to the disease. No one knows exactly how many people died during the 1918-1919 influenza pandemics. During the 1920’s, researchers estimated that 21.5 million people died as a result of the 1918-1919 pandemic.
About the First Flu Vaccine
In 1933, researchers discovered that viruses cause influenza. Prior to 1933, a bacteria was thought to cause the flu. In 1938, Jonas Salk and Thomas Francis developed the first flu vaccine against flu viruses. This first flu vaccine was used to protect the U.S. Military during World War II. During these turbulent years, here at Armour Oaks, our house physician was Dr. C.S. Merriman. He dealt with the many epidemics of the time including influenza. He was able to save many lives here at Armour Oaks during the 1890 epidemics that struck the country thanks to the improved medical knowledge of the times.
Influenza is always mutating and we saw this first hand in 2009 with H1N1. Some strains of H1N1 are endemic in humans and cause a small fraction of all seasonal influenza. In June of 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the new strain of swine-origin H1N1 as a pandemic. This strain spread worldwide and had caused about 17,000 deaths by the start of 2010.
Encouraging Seniors to Get
a Flu Vaccination Every Year
It has been clearly documented that influenza infections in persons over age 65 can result in serious complications leading to pneumonia, chronic disease exacerbations, hospitalization and even death. It is a major public health concern that American elderly persons continue to suffer from vaccine-preventable deaths, despite advancements in modern medicine and technology. That’s why here at Armour Oaks we offer a flu vaccination to every elder on campus yearly. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated to minimize the threat the virus causes each individual.
Rest assured that Armour Oaks takes caring for residents with influenza very seriously. Our residents are like family, receiving the love and care they deserve. Stop by or give us a call to learn more about the love and care we can provide you or your loved ones at Armour Oaks.
About Armour Oaks
Armour Oaks Senior Living Community in Kansas City, Missouri, Kansas City’s oldest continuous operating Not-For-Profit entity, is located in eclectic Waldo neighborhood at the corner of 81st and Wornall Road with easy access to I-435. This historic senior living community, just 15 minutes from the famous Country Club Plaza, offers a unique urban oasis with all levels of care, acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and a service minded staff to meet the unique needs of each one of our residents.
Armour Oaks is dedicated to providing a secure, homelike environment where seniors can live with dignity and independence while receiving the very best in personalized health and social services to meet their needs. The staff and Board of Directors share a commitment to the person-centered approach to senior care without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, handicap, disability or religious belief.
Schedule a Tour
We are confident that when you choose Armour Oaks as your new home for Kansas City senior living, you will experience the same quality of care that our seniors have received for decades. To learn more or to schedule a tour of Armour Oaks Senior Living Community, please call us at 816-363-5141.
8100 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64114