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Easy Flu Shot Communication to Motivate Employees NOW!

 

This year it may be more important than ever to consider getting your annual flu shot. The week of December 6-12, 2020 is National Influenza Vaccination Week, reminding everyone 6 months and older that it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine.  According to the CDC it is possible have the flu, as well as other respiratory illnesses, and COVID-19 at the same time.  So by getting a flu shot you will help conserve supplies, hospital beds, and health care workers that may be needed for COVID-19 and other illnesses this winter.  

The flu virus does circulate all year with fall and winter being the most active seasons.  It usually peaks from December to February but can be active even into May.  During the 19-20 flu season the CDC estimated that there were approximately 38 million infected, 400,000 hospitalizations and 22,000 deaths from the flu. 

The following chart shows the symptoms of the flu, common cold and COVID-19.         

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To find the best options for obtaining a flu shot check with your local pharmacy, health care provider or health insurance or use this link from the CDC to search for flu vaccine providers in your area.

https://vaccinefinder.org/  

The best prevention of the flu is of course getting a flu shot but other measures you can take to help prevent the flu are:

  • Limit contact with those who are sick
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to limit the spread of germs
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer if soap is not available
  • If you have a fever stay home at least 24 hours after the fever is gone
  • Clean and disinfect any surfaces that viruses may contact

If you do get the flu, there are antiviral medicines that can be taken to treat the flu to make the symptoms less severe and hopefully shorten the length of time you are sick.  These antiviral medicines should be started within 2 days of getting sick if possible.  You will need to contact your health care provider as these antiviral medicines are not available over the counter. 

2020 has been a year that most of us do not want to repeat and one like most have never seen before and with both the flu and COVID-19 viruses expected to spread during the winter months this may be the year to finally decide to get a flu shot. 

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Questions? Contact: Tracy Perkins, Benefit Advisor  

Forrest T. Jones & Company
3130 Broadway  •  Kansas City, MO 64111
Cell: 816.489.8869