What you should know about the flu vaccine.
Why should you get the flu vaccine? How can the flu vaccine help your employees, and your company? What should parents know about the flu vaccine?
On this page, we’ll provide the answers you need.
Why get the flu vaccine?
Each year, anywhere from 5-20% of Americans become sick with the flu. For most people, that means several uncomfortable days of high fever, body aches, headaches and exhaustion.
But for many people, it can mean something much worse. Over 200,000 people are hospitalized because of the flu each year. Often, the flu will lead to more serious illnesses, like pneumonia. And from 30,000-40,000 people will die from flu complications.
Fortunately, the flu vaccine can prevent serious influenza-related disease in most people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “The single best way to protect yourself and others against influenza is to get a flu vaccination each year.”
How can a flu clinic help my employees and my company?
When the flu hits someone in your place of work, that person will likely be out of work for several days or more. Even worse, since the flu virus travels easily through the air by way of coughs and sneezes, other employees will likely be infected, too.
All told, the cost of the flu to businesses is staggering. About 70 million workdays are lost each year because of the flu.
A flu clinic in your place of business can make a huge difference. It gives your employees an easy and convenient way to receive the flu vaccine. So fewer of them will get sick, and there will be less chance of the flu spreading throughout your work environment.
URMC Flu can help even more, by providing flu clinic services that are designed to reduce hassles and waiting time.
What should I know before my child gets the flu vaccine?
Getting the flu can be especially troublesome for children. Each year, around 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of the flu.
The flu is particularly dangerous in children who have other conditions, like asthma or diabetes. And because of the close contact children experience in school, the flu virus spreads readily.
For these and other reasons, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all children from ages 6 months to 19 years of age should receive the flu vaccine.
Children should be vaccinated early in the flu season for best protection. And since the flu virus changes over time, it is important for children to get vaccinated each year.
If your child is under 9 years of age and this is the first time he or she has been vaccinated, there are some special instructions you should know about: Your child will need two doses of the vaccine in order to be protected against the flu. The first dose will prime your child’s immune system. The second dose—which should be given 28 days or more after the first dose—will provide full protection. This protection will start about 2 weeks after your child receives the second dose. So be sure to plan so your child will receive both doses before the start of flu season.