Everyone knows how to prevent the flu—especially in the healthcare sector. Yet millions of people still get it every year.
We understand why: life is busy (especially around the holidays, which flu season happens to coincide with), and as simple as flu prevention is, it’s even easier to forget to do it until it’s too late.
However, as a company committed to helping you and your healthcare facility achieve success, we’d be remiss in not reminding you to keep yourself safe this flu season, for the sake of your health and that of your patients. Recently, Infection Control today released a report on the CDC’s recommendations for the 2015-2016 flu season, and we want to share the most important takeaways with you today.
Flu Evolves Every Year
The flu virus is a particularly clever one, constantly shifting to outwit annual vaccines. As a result, there’s essentially never the same flu season twice, and it is difficult to predict its scope and severity. This means that it’s essential to vaccinate annually in order to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Typically, flu season occurs between October and May and peaks between December and February. Get vaccinated as early as possible, and remember that it’s never too late to vaccinate as long as flu season is still in effect.
Options for Vaccination
Vaccination is accessible, even if you don’t have a regular doctor or nurse. According to the CDC, 171 to 179 million doses of flu vaccine are available this year, available from doctors, health departments, urgent care clinics, pharmacies, many employers and some school systems.
The CDC recommends vaccination for everyone, but there are at-risk groups that should prioritize getting vaccinated as soon as possible. This group includes the elderly, children under two years old and people with certain medical conditions that could lead to severe complications in the event that they do contract the flu.
Handwashing: the Secret Weapon
Though a simple, everyday habit, handwashing can’t be overstated as a crucial measure for flu prevention. Regular handwashing, according to the CDC guidelines, can significantly reduce your risk of becoming sick with flu this season.
A healthcare facility with a culture that promotes proper, thorough handwashing procedures is more likely to see its staff practice widespread handwashing and reduce the spread of flu. At ImageFIRST St. Louis, we take handwashing and other sanitary measures very seriously in order to prevent the spread of sickness amongst our staff and our customers, and all of our medical scrubs and uniforms in St. Louis, MO, are sanitized with our Triple BioShield Protection process to prevent the spread of other illnesses and infections.
It isn’t too late to get vaccinated for the flu and prevent the spread of sickness—for your sake and the sake of those you care for.