Why should I get the flu shot, when statistics show that this year’s vaccine is only 23% effective?

The CDC states that this is a very uncommon year and still recommends getting vaccinated because the flu virus could shift again before the flu season ends. This is the only protection we have at this time and may reduce and prevent severe outcomes such as hospitalization or death.

People 65 or older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu including pneumonia, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions.

Flu symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may also experience vomiting and diarrhea. A person infected with the flu may have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

Here are some preventative actions for this flu season to make sure you and your loved ones remain healthy:

  • Build up your immune system by getting enough rest; eating healthy- include lots of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet; drinking lots of water. These are essential in strengthening your immune system to help fight the flu.
  • Practice good hygiene: Wash hands often, cover coughs, and avoid people who are sick.
  • Seek medical advice quickly if you develop flu symptoms – early treatment with antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu lessens the severity of symptoms and shortens the duration. GENENTECH offers a $10 coupon towards Tamiflu at www.tamiflu.com.
  • Encourage those who spend time with older adults to get vaccinated against the flu. The flu is air borne and can be passed from person to person. It is important that people who spend time with the elderly, including family members and caregivers, get vaccinated against the flu.

All SafeHarbor caregivers are urged to get the flu vaccination to ensure the best care for our clients.

For information about SafeHarbor and home healthcare on Staten Island call: 718-979-6900