What makes it even more surprising that many people will not get the flu shot is the fact that most senior citizens, and many younger Americans, are able to get the shot for free or at a very low cost. Many insurance companies, pharmacies, workplaces, and community centers offer the shot, so it typically does not require a trip to your doctor's office. Even if you are reading this article late in the winter or early spring, it is not too late to get an influenza vaccination. As long as the flu is still spreading in your area, the vaccine can lower your risk of becoming seriously ill.
High Dose Flu Vaccine for Senior Citizens
Older Americans may find it particularly helpful to be given a stronger vaccine than the one given to younger adults. Fluzone High-Dose is an injected flu vaccine which has been formulated specifically for people who are age 65 years and older. It is like other flu vaccines in that it is made up of the three flu strains which experts believe are most likely to cause the flu during the upcoming season. The benefit to senior citizens, whose immune system is probably weaker than that of younger adults, is that the high-dose vaccine is more likely to boost their immunity if they are exposed to the flu, because it is significantly stronger.
What You Should Know About the Flu
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health workers are very concerned about the danger posed by the flu. As a result, PublicHealthCorps.org contacted me and asked if I would publish their "Flu Prevention Resource Sheet for Healthcare Workers, Teachers and Concerned Parents" and become a CDC Flu Fighter. I was pleased to be able to help. The links below, many of them from the CDC, will be useful to anyone who wants more information about the influenza vaccine, how to prevent the flu, and healthy hygiene. Feel free to forward this free, public information to anyone you believe will benefit from it. You can also click on the various links and download the resources which are provided. This resource sheet should answer virtually any question someone has about influenza. The more people we can encourage to take appropriate precautions, the less severe the flu season is likely to be.
The Flu Prevention Resource Sheet
for Healthcare Workers, Teachers and Concerned Parents
provided by PublicHealthCorps.org
The U.S. flu season is just beginning, and can last until May (with peak infections hitting between December and February). While it’s far too early to predict the severity of this year’s flu season in the U.S., physicians are encouraging everyone to vaccinate ahead of the anticipated peak infection times.
The following resources serve as a guide for healthcare workers, teachers and concerned parents seeking additional flu-related facts and information.
Remember: stay healthy and stay informed!
Flu Prevention Resources
The CDC's Flu Guide
Emergency Flu Symptoms
Pay attention to particular symptoms such as difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, and chest pain or severe abdominal pain which indicate a need to go to the hospital. Check out all symptoms and more information.
Prevent the flu to the best of your ability by taking certain key steps such as vaccinating and keeping your hands and common surfaces clean. Learn more tips here:
Flu Vaccination Resources
1. Vaccination Overview
Complete Guide to the 2019-2020 Influenza Vaccine
The Flu Vaccine and Where to Get It
Senior Flu Shot Finder
Free and Discounted Flu Shots
2. Managing Vaccine Resistant Attitudes and Beliefs
How to Talk to Patients Who Object to the Flu Vaccine
Flu Shots and Persuasion
Flu Prevention Hygiene Resources
1. Hand Hygiene
Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings
Hand Hygiene: Why, How & When?
Proper Hand Hygiene for Infection Prevention
2. Coughing Hygiene
Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette in Healthcare Settings
Transmission-Based Precautions | Droplet Precautions
Does Wearing a Surgical Mask Prevent the Flu?
Flu mask: Should I wear one?
3. Home Hygiene: Effective Disinfecting
How to Disinfect Your House After the Flu
Five Sneaky Places Germs May be Hiding in Your Home — and How to Clean Them
10 Things to Clean After the Flu
Cleaning after the flu: how to clean after the flu
Institutional Prevention Resources
Prevention Strategies for Seasonal Influenza in Healthcare Settings
Guideline on the prevention and control of seasonal influenza in healthcare setting
Action Steps for Teachers to Prevent the Spread of Flu
Guidance for School Administrators to Help Reduce the Spread of Seasonal Influenza in K-12 Schools
How To Clean and Disinfect Schools To Help Slow the Spread of Flu
Keep Flu Out of School: A Resource Toolkit
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