Sunday December 17th 2017

Get ready for flu season

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older, preferably as soon as the vaccine is available. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses and prevent flu-related hospitalizations, and the vaccines have been updated for the 2016-2017 season.

 ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano gets her flu vaccination, the best way to prevent seasonal influenza.
ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano gets her flu vaccination, the best way to prevent seasonal influenza.

In an effort to reduce the spread of influenza this season, the American Nurses Association also strongly urges nurses to:

• Get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available.
• Ensure your family and co-workers get vaccinated.
• Talk to your patients and community about the importance of vaccination.
• Use or create standing orders to administer vaccinations.
• Always use a safety needle — it’s your right under the law.
• Observe meticulous hand-washing practices.
View ANA’s Immunization Position Statement regarding immunizations for nurses and individuals across the life span.
• Use precautions to protect yourself during influenza season.(https://www.osha.gov/dts/guidance/flu/protectyourself_nonhealthcare.html).

The CDC also recommends that patients suspected of having influenza who are at high risk of flu complications or who are very sick with flu-like illness should receive prompt treatment with influenza antiviral drugs without waiting for confirmatory testing.

The timing of the flu is very unpredictable and can vary in different parts of the country and from season to season. Seasonal flu viruses can be detected year-round — seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and March.

For more information on seasonal influenza, go to www.cdc.gov/flu.

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