Hello SOTGC community,
Being a nurse people constantly ask me “should I get the flu shot?” My answer is: YES! And here is why. Please note that I’m not trying to cause a panic, but this is important information that you and your family should know about.
Two Bay area women in their 40s have already died from the H1N1 virus. Since the flu virus changes every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend a yearly flu shot for all people ages 6 months and over. This year, the flu vaccine is manufactured to protect against three viruses including: influenza A (H1N1) virus, influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza type B virus. It is recommended that people get the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available each year as it takes about 2 weeks for antibodies to develop in the body that provide protection against the virus. The flu vaccine is usually offered starting in October but it is often available throughout the fall and winter so long as supplies last.
Other tips for avoiding the flu this year:
- wash your hands,
- avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth,
- cover nose and mouth when sneezing,
- stay at home when you are sick
For more information contact California Dept. of Public Health: http://www.cdph. ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Pages/Influenza(Flu).aspx