Take action to prevent the spread of Influenza (Flu)
Influenza is primarily a community-based infection that is transmitted in households and community settings. It is most often caused by type A or B influenza viruses. Influenza can spread from person to person through coughs and sneezes or when a person touches their face after coming in contact with contaminated surfaces or objects. Annual vaccination is the most important measure to prevent seasonal influenza infection.
What are the symptoms of Influenza (Flu)?
Influenza (flu) can cause mild to severe illness and usually comes on suddenly. Symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, tiredness, and in some cases vomiting and diarrhea (CDC,2022). To confirm symptoms, call your primary care provider for testing.
Who should get a flu vaccine?
CDC recommends annual vaccinations for everyone 6 months and older. It is particularly important for people who are at higher risk such as adults 65 years and older, adults with chronic health conditions, and those pregnant.
Why do I need a flu vaccine every year?
A flu vaccine is needed every year for two reasons. First, protection from vaccination declines over time; annual flu vaccine is needed for optimal protection. Second, the viruses are constantly changing therefore, vaccines are reviewed annually.
How do flu vaccines work?
Flu vaccines builds a flighting antibody in the body about two weeks after vaccination. This provides protection against flu illness.
Should a flu vaccine be given to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19?
Those with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should consult with their primary care provider before receiving an influenza vaccine.
What is Care Resource doing to help prevent the transmission of the flu?
Care Resource is encouraging all staff to get vaccinated regardless of whether they are working on site, or remotely. Staff are adhering to 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.
Besides vaccination, how can people protect themselves against flu?
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated. In addition to the flu shot, people should practice everyday preventive actions:
- Wash hands often using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue while coughing and sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Eat nutritious foods, get plenty of rest, and stay active.
For more information contact your primary health care provider, or visit the CDC website.