Flu shots and seasonal influenza

It is flu season again, and it’s as important as ever to get a flu shot, especially if you are over the age of 50.

The most important step a person may take to protect against seasonal influenza can be the first step … to get immunized. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have helped spread the word that this year’s flu vaccine contains protection against the 2009 H1N1 virus that was the cause so much illness in last year’s flu season. For most people this means only one shot is needed.

Healthcare leaders at Scott & White hope the memory of lessons learned from last years experience with H1N1 will help increase the number of individuals who choose to get immunized this year. The health care system has targeted a 6-7 percent increase in staff vaccination levels for this year, a pretty assertive campaign, according to Glen Jett, BSN, RN, the director of infection control at Scott & White.

Jett emphasizes that the flu is not just a minor disease; it truly impacts people and has potential for severe consequences.

According to the CDC, a bout with seasonal influenza can be particularly devastating to patients who suffer from chronic illness, such as congestive heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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Flu shots and seasonal influenza