The current epidemic of Ebola is pulsating across the headlines and news centers. It is a known deadly virus that is frightening and cause for great concern. Another virus is also prevalent and is also deadly. All of the media focusing on Ebola is over shadowing the annual influenza that takes the lives of up to 49,000 individuals a year. The CDC estimates that influenza associated deaths can range from 3000 to 49,000 per year. They number of deaths can vary based on the severity of those affected and the percentages of those immunized.
The flu season is unpredictable and can vary from year to year. Historically, the Arizona flu season starts around December and continues into March. However, it has been diagnosed as early as October and continues into May.
Those most greatly at risk for flu-related complications are adults over the age of 65, pregnant women, and children. Those also at greater risk for complications are individuals who may have a weakened immune system. Those at risk include, individuals diagnosed with asthma, heart disease, diabetes, kidney or liver disorders, HIV or Aids or cancer.
There are many benefits from getting the flu vaccine even if you don’t fall into the at-risk category.
- Getting the flu vaccine protects not only you but also the people around you.
- Receiving the flu vaccine can reduce the risk of more serious health outcomes like hospitalizations and death.
- Pregnant women receiving the vaccine protect themselves and their babies for up to 6 months after they are born.
- November is not to late to get your vaccine. Seasonal flu may peak in January.
- The stomach flu is not influenza. Influenza is a respiratory disease and not intestinal.
At the Beech Group, we are focused on protecting our patients from the annual influenza. We provide education on everyday flu prevention to our healthcare workers. This will slow the spread of germs of not just the flu but also many other illnesses. We also sponsor free flu vaccines.
We ensure that our health care workers are assessing the vaccination needs of our patients and their families. We determine if our patients have had the 2014 flu vaccine. We provide education & encouragement as to the why it is important that they become immunized. We also help coordinate arrangements so our patients can receive their vaccine.
The Beech Group is committed to the health and well being of all of our patients. We are there to Make a Difference!
Referenced from: CDC.gov