Influenza Vaccination

December 2012

Health experts recommend getting an annual influenza (“flu”) vaccination and ‘tis the season!  As we come to the close of another year, thoughts turn to celebrating with family and loved ones – I am sure you want to be able to usher in the New Year healthy and wise.  The flu is a potentially devastating illness that can be easily prevented with a vaccination available in your area.

While the Center for Disease Control recommends everyone over the age of six (6) months receives a vaccination, there are some high risks groups that include:

  1. Pregnant women
  2. Children younger than five (5) years of age
  3. People 50 years of age and older
  4. People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (asthma, diabetes, etc.)
  5. People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from the flu, including:
  • Healthcare workers
  • Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications of the flu
  • Household contacts or caregivers of children less than six (6) months old

The flu shot utilizes an inactivated flu vaccine and protects people from various strains during the upcoming flu season.  The earlier you get vaccinated the better, as it can take up to two (2) weeks to develop the anti-bodies to fight the flu.

We are encouraging all staff to utilize the resources below to find convenient vaccination locations –

The Center for Disease Control Website:
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/imm/fluhome.shtml

Stay safe and have a happy holiday season!