Pomerene Hospital Blog
Beat the Bug! Get Vaccinated.
National Influenza Vaccination week is Dec. 7-13th. Just in time as this year’s flu season is in full swing. So what can you do to protect yourself and your loved ones?
Influenza or the flu is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs that is easily spread from person to person. Symptoms include:
• High fever
• Sore throat
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Sore muscles
People can spread the flu from one day before getting sick to up to five or more days after becoming sick.
Those At Risk
The flu effects everyone but can result in serious complications for certain populations including pregnant women, children under five years of age, adults 50 years of age and older, and those with chronic medical conditions such as:
• Respiratory problems (Asthma, COPD)
• Diabetes Mellitus
• Kidney Disease
• Cardiovascular Disease
• Blood disorders
• Morbid Obesity
Tips For Protection
• Flu Vaccine
Everyone 6 months or older should be vaccinated every year, and children 9 years of age and younger who are getting their first flu shot this year will need two doses of the influenza vaccine at least 28 days apart.There are two types of the influenza vaccine—IIV (Inactivated Influenza Vaccine) or LAIV (Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine).
Here are a few things to consider before choosing.
- The IIV or inactivated vaccine is available to anyone who is six months or older and is given by a shot in the arm.
- The LAIV or live attenuated vaccine is given through a nasal spray but is only available to those persons who are not pregnant, are 2-49 yrs of age, and who are healthy. People who have a history of asthma or have any other underlying medical condition should not get the LAIV.
In addition to getting vaccinated, you and your loved ones can take everyday precautions such as:
• Eating Healthy
• Managing Stress
• Getting Vitamin D
• Washing your hands frequently using soap and water for at least 20 seconds
• Covering your cough or sneeze by using a tissue or your upper sleeve
• Stay away from others who are sick and stay home if you yourself are sick
For more information about the flu, check with your local health care provider, health department, or the helpful staff at Pomerene Hospital.