Flu Prevention 101

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As you all know, flu season is upon us. It is always good for a quick reminder of preventive measures to protect yourselves from the Influenza Virus.

Please remember flu prevention for the elderly is extremely important as people ages 65 and up can become high risk and suffer complications from the flu.

Here are some quick reminders and tips for flu prevention:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your families from the Influenza Virus. Flu vaccines can reduce flu-related hospitalizations, loss from school/work and reduce flu illnesses and doctor’s visits.

Flu season can begin as early as October and continue as late as May. The flu can be unpredictable and will vary in different parts of the country. Flu vaccines are reviewed annually and updated to match circulating flu viruses. It is important to be vaccinated yearly even if the flu vaccine is the same as last year because the antibodies produced will diminish with time.

Everyone should receive a flu vaccine yearly by the end of October, if possible. Although vaccinations can occur through January or later if needed.  It will take your body about 2 weeks for antibodies to develop that will provide you protection.

Always remember these basic flu preventive measures in case vaccines are not for you. These are good tips according to the CDC

1.Cover your mouth upon coughing with a tissue and dispose of the tissue in the trash after use.

2.Good hand washing (friction for 40 to 60 seconds) before and after meals, after blowing your nose or coughing to reduce the spread of germs.

3.Get the proper amount of rest.

4.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as germs spread this way.

5.Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.

6.Eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water daily.

Flu vaccines are offered by many of your doctor’s offices, clinics, pharmacies, schools and if you live in a Hearth Community we do them also!

Have questions about the information in this article? Click here to find and contact a local Hearth community near you to learn more!

If you want more information about the flu please check out the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/

Written by: Janet L. Haynes, Vice President of Clinical Services for Hearth Management

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