National Influenza Vaccination Week

Older Woman Getting Influenza Vaccination - CompassionCare Hospice of Las Vegas, Nevada

National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 4 – 10.

If you haven’t gotten your vaccine, you should probably consider getting it. The vaccination is the best way to protect you and you loved ones from the flu.

Most of the time, flu activity peaks between December and March in the United States, although activity can last until late May. Remember, once you get you shot, it takes 14 days to take full effect. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. This year they are recommending the use of injectable flu vaccines or flu shots and not the nasal spray flu vaccine. Flu vaccines are important for those who are at high risk of serious complications from the virus. People at a high risk are pregnant women, children younger than 5 years of age, people
65 years of age and older, and people who have certain medical conditions that may worsen with the virus.

Everyday preventive actions include the following:

• Avoid close contact with sick people.
• While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. If you are sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or other necessities.
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use antibacterial gel.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
• Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Antiviral drugs are used to treat the influenza virus. Antibiotics are not used to treat the virus. Antibiotics are used for bacterial infections. Antiviral drugs are prescription only. You must see a doctor to be prescribed these drugs.