This is your kind reminder that flu season is just around the corner! If you are an employer, consider planning a flu clinic for your employees before filling in the dates. If you are an employee, consider visiting a pharmacy or clinic covered by your medical plan or ask HR if an event will be held at your workplace. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that 6 months and older should receive the vaccine annually.
There are many myths regarding the flu shot such as those listed below: [1
Given the chain of events that has already occurred this year, it is better to be safe rather than sad . The flu can still lead to serious illness that will keep you out of work. The side effects of the shot are generally short-lived and mild.
In addition, influenza vaccines are monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention together with the Drug Administration. The vaccine has been around for many years and as your body's immunity decreases during the year – you should get the vaccine every flu season.
If you are still sick with the flu despite the vaccination, please seek virtual medical care if possible, take antiviral drugs if prescribed, and stay home! Continue to avoid contact with the sick, wash your hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Finally, remember the benefits of staying active, eating well and what getting good quality sleep can do for your body and mind.