By Joanne Kile, CF H Svcs –
As we look forward to the changing colours of the season, you may want to consider adding the flu shot to your fall checklist as you prepare for the winter season.
Influenza is a respiratory infection caused by viruses that are easily spread from one person to the next through respiratory droplets or secretions. This can be done through coughing or sneezing as well as by hands contaminated with infected secretions. The severity of illness resulting from these viruses range from mild to severe and can sometimes result in hospitalization or in rare cases, death. Severe illness is most commonly seen in the very young or old and those with underlying medical conditions. Symptoms can include fever, cough, muscle aches, headache, and chills.
There are several steps you can take to reduce the spread of influenza:
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve and not into your hands
- Wash your hands often
- Stay home if you are sick
- Clean common surfaces regularly
- Get immunized
Still wondering if the flu shot is for you? Consider that as more people are vaccinated, the less chance there is for illness to spread. We are protecting both ourselves and our families, and helping our community’s most vulnerable citizens stay healthy. This is referred to as HERD IMMUNITY.
The ideal time to be immunized against influenza is from October to mid-November before the virus is in wide circulation.
For the convenience of military members, flu shots can be received on a drop-in basis from 0730-1430 hrs at the Immunization Clinic – CF H Svcs C (O). In addition, several workplace flu clinics are planned. Watch for a clinic near you.
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