It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week, and IQ Solutions encourages everyone to get their flu shot if they haven’t already. Why?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), thousands of people die from the flu every year, even seemingly healthy people. If you can protect yourself and your loved ones from sickness and potential death, why wouldn’t you?
IQ Solutions is committed to the good health of their team members and provides an onsite clinic annually in our Rockville offices in early October, offering free flu shots to all staff. It’s not too late to get vaccinated now! Flu season lasts through early April, so it’s very important to protect yourself with a flu shot even in the early months of 2017. Why play the odds game with your own and your loved-ones’ health?
What the Flu Vaccine Doesn’t Do
The flu vaccine DOES NOT cause the flu. The shots are made from dead influenza virus or no virus at all. (Source)
What the Flu Vaccine Does Do
The flu vaccine CAN REDUCE THE RISK of flu illness and potentially death by about 50 to 60 percent among the overall population during the flu season. (Source)
Fever, chills, nausea, aches and pains, diarrhea, and infection of the nose, throat, and lungs are all part of the general malaise of the highly contagious respiratory viral infection called influenza or flu; there also is the potential for very severe consequences.
Some people are at higher risk like the very young, pregnant women, adults age 65 and older, and people living with asthma and heart and lung diseases.
According to CDC data, more than 200,000 people go to the hospital every year as a result of the flu!
The Flu Vaccine Is the Best Tool To Protect Against This Potentially Serious Disease
An annual vaccination can reduce the severity of the illness, doctors’ visits, and missed work due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. However, disparities exist within the current populations that are getting vaccinated. Two national surveys for the 2014–15 flu season indicated that African Americans (35.6%) were less likely to get vaccinated for the flu than either white (45.4%) or Asian people (43.6%). (Source) Increasing vaccination coverage by just 5 percent more would prevent about 800,000 illnesses and nearly 10,000 hospitalizations in a year.
Health authorities including the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommend a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. This year’s vaccine protects from four different strains of the flu (quadrivalent): two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. The nasal spray is not available during the 2016–17 flu season.
Please note: People who have severe egg allergies should be vaccinated in a medical setting and be supervised by a health care provider.
For Additional Information
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preventing seasonal flu with vaccination. November 10, 2016. Retrieved from: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/index.htm
- Grohskopf LA, Sokolow LZ, Broder KR, et al. Prevention and control of seasonal influenza with vaccines. MMWR. 2016;65(No. RR-5):1–54. Retrieved from: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.rr6505a1