Take time to get a flu vaccine
The 2013 flu season is almost here - Are you ready?
The best way to protect against influenza is to get a flu vaccine every flu season.
Employers can decrease absenteeism and help control medical costs by providing influenza vaccinations for employees and families.
Providence Workplace Health Services is pleased to help you keep your employees healthy and at work by providing convenient and cost effective onsite flu vaccination services.
For more information, or to schedule your onsite flu clinic –
- Services provided at your location(s)
- Vaccinations administered by immunization certified PH&S Pharmacist
- Most insurance plans accepted
- Direct bill to employer available
Please contact Providence Workplace Health Services by email or call 503-216-7900
Why get vaccinated against influenza (flu)?
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious complications, hospitalization, or even death. Anyone can get the flu, and vaccination is the single best way to protect against influenza. Even healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu and spread it to family and friends.
There are two reasons for getting a yearly flu vaccine.
- The first reason is that because flu viruses are constantly changing, flu vaccines may be updated from one season to the next to protect against the most recent and most commonly circulating viruses.
- The second reason that annual vaccination is recommended is that a person’s immune protection from vaccination declines over time and annual vaccination is needed for optimal protection. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses
Who should get a flu vaccine?
Everyone is at risk for seasonal influenza. Health experts now recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated against influenza. While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that the following groups get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications:
- Pregnant women
- Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
- People 50 years of age and older
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
- People who live in nursing homes and other long–term care facilities
- People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
- Health care workers o Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
- Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
Some children 6 months to 8 years of age may need 2 doses of the vaccine to be fully protected. Ask your doctor.
Who should NOT get a flu vaccine?
Influenza vaccine is not approved for use in children younger than 6 months so they should not be vaccinated, but their caregivers should be vaccinated instead. And people who are sick with fever should wait until their symptoms pass to get vaccinated. Some people should not be vaccinated before talking to their doctor. This includes:
- People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs.
- People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past.
- People who developed Guillian-Barré syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine previously.
If you have questions about whether you should get a flu vaccine, consult your health care provider.
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