Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that can cause mild to severe illness and can even cause death in high-risk populations or because of flu complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that influenza vaccinations begin as soon as the vaccine becomes available keeping in mind that it takes two weeks for the antibodies to develop in the body in order to provide protection against influenza. Taylor Made Diagnostics can provide your workforce with flu vaccinations with as little as 24 hours notice. Scheduling is easy and maintaining productivity is as import to us as it is to you.
Flu vaccinations are needed every year because flu viruses are constantly changing. A new flu vaccine is formulated each year to keep up with the flu viruses as they change which is why it is so important to have a flu shot every year.
Isolating a “flu season” can be difficult because of the myriad of factors that can drive an epidemic. Flu activity begins as early as October.
Flu vaccines are designed to protect against three influenza viruses that experts predict will be the most common during the upcoming season. Three kinds of influenza viruses commonly circulate among people today: influenza B viruses, influenza A (H1N1) viruses, and influenza A (H3N2) viruses. Each year, one flu virus of each kind is used to produce seasonal influenza vaccine.
Encourage others to take a “Vaccination Pledge” that spreads flu vaccinations instead of the flu. Pledge to get your shot and make sure co-‐workers and family members are aware of the importance of annual vaccinations too. Many employers also go the extra step of including family members in vaccination prevention programs and activities.
People with the flu can spread it to others up to six feet mainly through droplets made when you cough, sneeze or talk. Tried and true prevention practices may seem simple and even redundant … but they work! This is why the CDC and health care providers recommend reminding your workforce to:
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze (and throw the tissue in the trash after it’s used) and be sure to sanitize shared office equipment, such as telephones, before using;
wash hands often with soap and water (if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-‐based hand rub);
avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth as germs are spread easily this way;
avoid contact with sick people;
stay home if you have flu‐like symptoms for at least 24 hours after your fever has gone.
If you are sick with flu‐like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-‐reducing medicine.)
If you do get the flu, treat the illness with antiviral drugs to ease symptoms and prevent pneumonia. High risk populations include those who have medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and lung disease; women who are pregnant and those over 65.