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Common Geriatric Infections 

Common Geriatric Infections
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Common Geriatric Infections
Author(s):

Christina Prather

, Mariatu Koroma-Nelson

, and Mikhail Kogan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190466268.003.0017
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date: 16 October 2019

The function of the immune system changes with aging. Immune support can decrease the risk of infection, are imperative practices to incorporate in the care of older adults. The most common infections among older adults are pneumonia and urinary tract infection (UTI). Infections in older person often associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. Antibiotics are commonly prescribed for variety of infections, however, often these can lead to severe complications such as infectious diarrhea. Integrative methods of managing non-life threatening infections reviewed in this chapter. In addition, this chapter details different ways of maintaining healthy immune function in older patient.

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