Did you get your Flu shot?

December 12, 2012 in Best of Both, healthcare, Holiday, Kids, vaccines by MyBestofBothWorlds

Did you get your Flu shot?

Did you get your Flu shot this year?  I did and so did all of my family.  I understand that many people are rushing around as the holiday season is upon us and there are so many demands of our time and energy.  However, it is extremely important to get your annual flu shot each year.  If you haven’t done so, make your appointment now to yourself and you children the flu shot.  They will be on vacation in just a few short days.

Influenza (the flu) can be a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Anyone can get sick from the flu.  You can get the flu from anyone.  If you get the flu, you can spread it to others even if you don’t feel sick.  By getting vaccinated, you can help protect yourself, your family at home, and also your patients at work from getting the flu.

As per the Centers for Disease Control, the Flu is mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are up to about 6 feet away or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.

  • Flu vaccines CANNOT cause the flu. The viruses in flu vaccines are either killed (the flu shot) or weakened (the nasal-spray vaccine).
  • Flu vaccines are safe. Serious problems from the flu vaccine are very rare. The most common side effect that a person is likely to experience is soreness where the injection was given. This is generally mild and usually goes away after a day or two.

According to a report in Craines New York Business 12/11/12:  New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah is concerned that too few health workers are getting flu shots and that city hospitals would be hard-pressed to handle an outbreak because three facilities were badly damaged by Superstorm Sandy.  “These are people taking care of patients,” he said at last week’s committee meeting of the state Department of Health’s Public Health and Health Planning Council. “It’s incumbent on all of us to provide patient-centered care by getting shots, documenting that they got them … and if there is a reason why not, then they should wear a mask during patient care for the duration of the season.”  More than half of New York state has reported laboratory-confirmed flu cases since surveillance began this fall. Cases have been reported in 47 counties and all five boroughs. The flu season was relatively mild last year, with 1,167 flu-related hospitalizations and one pediatric death. Over the past four years, there have been a total of 34 pediatric flu deaths in New York state and an average of more than 4,400 flu-related hospitalizations annually.

Protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot.

For more information about flu information, updates, and access to free materials to assist with educating staff and patients about the impact of influenza and the benefits of vaccination, visit CDC Seasonal Influenza (Flu) or call the National Immunization Hotline at (800) 232-2522 (English), (800) 232-0233 (español), or (800) 243-7889 (TTY).