You might say, “So what!” or “What does that have to do with me?” Flu season has become a “big” deal for healthcare providers giving care to patients—whether in a hospital or out patient location.
Perhaps you didn’t know that:
- Influenza is a serious respiratory disease that kills up to 49,000 persons and hospitalizes more than 200,000 persons in the United States each year.
- 90% of deaths occur in people 65 years and older. A large number of patients in hospitals and home care fall in that age group.
- When someone contracts influenza, he/she will shed the virus for 24–48 hours before influenza symptoms appear. Shedding the virus can spread influenza disease to patients and others come in contact with an infected person.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone get vaccinated against flu as soon as the vaccine become available which is usually in August or September. Many hospitals require that their employees get vaccinated no later than October 1st. If those working in those hospitals do not get the vaccine, they are either not permitted to work or have to wear a mask until such time as they get vaccinated
For the 2014-2015 flu season there are several flu vaccine choices from the standard IM injection to nasal mist. All are designed to combat the strains of flu CDC scientists believe will be prevalent this flu season.
And, the is lots of information about flu available on the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm.
As a company that provides healthcare professionals that provide for patients in a wide variety of settings, we want to make sure you understand about the importance of getting the flu vaccine.
We would love to talk with you if you are interested in working with people who really do care about others. You can find us at www.pprtmg.com.