Get Your Flu Shots!
At the Fulton County Medical Center Board meeting Monday, September 28, it was anything but business as usual. Infection control nurses Lori Best and Barbara Weller, along with acute-care RN Jen Komir, were on hand to give board members seasonal flu shots.
“Unlike many other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, the flu can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications in many people. The best way to prevent seasonal flu is by getting a seasonal flu vaccination, especially for those at the greatest risk. People who should get the seasonal vaccine each year are: children aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday, pregnant women, people 50 years of age and older, and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions,” states Best.
Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has iden- tified the following groups as priority groups for receiving the H1N1 vaccination:
Pregnant women, persons six months to 24 years old, healthcare providers and EMS personnel, parents, household members or caregivers of children under 6 months and those under 65 with certain underlying medical conditions.
Also, Pennsylvanians now have a new online resource to help them learn about and help control the spread of the novel H1N1 flu virus.
The new Web site, www.H1N1inPA.com, was created by the Department of Health to answer questions and provide the latest news on the virus.
Best also wants to remind residents to continue to follow the following precautions to reduce the risk of becoming ill or spreading the virus to others:
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and put the used tissue in the waste basket. If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve, but never into your hands or onto bare skin.
Keep your hands away from your face and don’t touch your mouth, nose and eyes.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
Keep clean frequently used surfaces such as knobs, countertops and desks.
Stay home from work or school whenever you are sick, and remain home until you are fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
To get your seasonal flu shot, contact your primary care physician or call the state health clinic at 717-485- 5137.
The FCMC Board of Directors wants you to join them and get your seasonal flu shot this year. It may be a matter of life or death.