Stay Healthy During Flu Season With Facts From the OCHD

Stay Healthy During Flu Season With Facts From the OCHD

Stay Healthy During Flu Season With Facts From the OCHD

A previous NFID survey found that most United States adults are not aware that individuals with chronic health conditions face a higher risk of flu-related complications, including heart attack or stroke.

Another reason to get vaccinated is to protect others who may be medically unable to become vaccinated, Schlosser said.

Many people have a long-term health condition (also called a chronic disease) like diabetes, asthma, or heart disease.

"It stops the likelihood they can catch the flu from you", he said. People who live with or care for infants should be vaccinated.

Influenza can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.

The study participants in the VR, video and e-pamphlet conditions also viewed the CDC VIS before answering a series of questions regarding flu vaccination, including whether they would get a flu vaccine.

This is the first research dedicated to immersive virtual reality as a communication tool in order to increase flu vaccination rates among "flu vaccine avoidant" adults between the age 18 to 49-year olds.

Remember: Babies under the age of six months and other immunocompromised individuals can't get the flu shot, so they are counting on their family and community to be vaccinated and help prevent spread of the virus.

- The number one myth that needs dispelled is that the flu shot cause the flu!

If you have a fever, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone. Flu vaccination can decrease missed work and school. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

- Cover your sneezes and coughs.

Wash hands often with soap and water.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Clean surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu. They will have to get out by taking a lot of rest and drinking a lot of fluids. Infants display good response to flu vaccines, while elderly with fragile immune systems are subject to complications post flu vaccination.

The CDC said even if you have put off getting your vaccine, it can still be beneficial during most of the season. It takes roughly 10-14 days to develop antibodies to fully protect you from the flu, so if you were exposed in that time frame you are not fully protected from getting the flu.

For information about Health Department services contact the Genesee County Health Department at 344-2580, ext.

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