Preventing Influenza

Getting a flu shot is one simple thing people can do to keep themselves and their loved ones healthy this fall and winter. It’s more important than ever as we continue to fight COVID-19.

While getting a flu shot won’t protect you from COVID-19, it’s a safe and effective way to prevent the flu. Plus it helps essential workers stay healthy and it preserves medical resources for patients with COVID-19.

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot, especially people with chronic health conditions, older adults, pregnant women, health care workers and children.

The flu vaccine may take up to two weeks to become effective, so getting it earlier in the season is ideal.

To get your flu shot, contact your primary care provider or check with your local pharmacy or use the Vaccine Finder link below.  Call your insurance company to find out where you may receive a flu shot. Many insurance companies cover flu shots for free. 

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Posted 10/23/20


Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Severe outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of severe flu complications.  There are two main types of influenza (flu) virus: Types A and B. The influenza A and B viruses that routinely spread in people (human influenza viruses) are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year.

The best way to prevent flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

Follow this link from Oregon Health Authority for more details https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/preventionwellness/fluprevention/Pages/index.aspx :

Wash your hands:

  • Washing your hands often helps protect you from germs.
  • Use soap and warm water. Wash for 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. You can find these products in most supermarkets and drugstores.
  • If the hand sanitizer is a gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry. The gel does not need water to work; the alcohol kills the germs on your hands.

Take everyday precautions:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your arm when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home if you get sick.
  • Clean work and household surfaces often.
  • If you have a chronic disease or a weakened immune system, follow your healthcare provider’s advice for your condition.
  • Ask your family, friends, and health providers to get a flu vaccination.
  • Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

 

Agnes Albert, BSN, RN, CIC

District School Nurse

North Marion School District 

Desk: 503-678-7140

Fax: 503-678-8510

agnes.albert@nmarion.k12.or.us  

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