Influenza Season Is Coming...Protect Yourself and Your Family
With influenza season just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about getting immunized.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Kansas Healthcare Collaborative, 5-15%of Americans are affected by the virus, approximately 226,000 are hospitalized each year, and more than 36,000 die from influenza and related complications. Influenza - a vaccine-preventable disease - is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
- Influenza is a highly contagious disease that is spread by coughing, sneezing, direct physical contact and contact with objects that carry the virus (e.g., doorknobs, phones, etc.)
- Symptoms of influenza include fever, extreme fatigue, headache and body aches
- Approximately 50 percent of infected people have no symptoms but may still be contagious
- Immunization with the influenza vaccine is up to 70-90 percent effective in preventing influenza in healthy people under the age of 65
The influenza shot cannot cause influenza
The CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine each flu season.
Visit your doctor or nurse to get the flu vaccine, or visit other locations where vaccine is being offered, such as pharmacies, health departments, grocery stores and many others.
Flu vaccine stations at select Via Christi Clinic locations are open to the public in October - no appointment is needed.
A Flu Fighter's Checklist
courtesy of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC)
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Eat a balanced diet, get proper amounts of sleep and exercise regularly.
- Educate your family and co-workers about the flu and its effects.
- There's safety in numbers, so make sure those around you understand about the flu and its potential effects.
- Insure that at-risk family members and co-workers are vaccinated.
Keep your distance
If you must be in the same room with family members or coworkers infected with the flu, try to limit your time there to one hour maximum, and keep your distance - six feet minimum. If you need to get closer than that, be careful not to stand in the path of coughs and sneezes. Limit such close contacts to just a few minutes.