Influenza season is here and protecting yourself and your loved ones is vital
Influenza season is upon us and although we are still facing COVID-19, reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses like flu is important during the fall and winter months. The CDC recommends influenza vaccination for all persons aged 6 months and up. Our goal at Care Resource is to ensure the safety of all staff, patients, and clients as we are committed to your health. Below you will find information as it relates to this flu season.
What is the difference between Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19?
Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. Because some of the symptoms of the flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing is the best way to confirm a diagnosis.
Should a flu vaccine be given to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19?
- Persons in isolation for COVID-19 or in quarantine for known or suspected exposures should not be vaccinated if vaccination will pose an exposure risk to others in the vaccination setting.
- For persons who are moderately or severely ill, vaccination should be deferred until they have recovered. Moderate or severe acute illness with or without fever is a general precaution to vaccination.
- Persons who are mildly ill may be vaccinated; alternatively, vaccination may be deferred until recovery to avoid confusing COVID-19 illness symptoms with post-vaccination reactions (CDC, 2021). *Reference: Influenza (Flu) | CDC
What is Care Resource doing to help prevent the transmission of the flu?
Care Resource is implementing the vaccination of all staff that are working on site, as well as staff that are working remotely. Staff are enforcing infection control measures, such as frequent hand washing, disinfecting work areas, and wearing appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment) while on site in adherence to CDC, Joint Commission, and OSHA standards and guidelines.
Vaccinations will be offered to all Care Resource patients as it has been throughout the years. Please call-in advance to set up an appointment to receive your flu vaccine at any of our Care Resource locations.
What are some ways I can help prevent the spread of the flu?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home if you are not feeling well.
- Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Remember to wash your hands immediately after.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter-tops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
Remember, your health and safety are a priority. If you have any questions or concerns, contact your Primary Care Provider, or visit CDC.GOV