Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinics have just released a campaign encouraging everyone to avoid influenza. The “Fight The Flu” campaign is targeted at informing and encouraging the community to take the flu seriously, and to take the simple steps needed to protect yourself and those who can’t protect themselves.
Virginia Gay urges everyone to get their flu vaccination before the peak flu season. Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious illness, hospitalization, or even death. Last year 80,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors lost their lives to influenza-related causes.
There is a cost for getting the vaccine; however in most instances, insurance will cover the cost. Vaccinations are available from clinics and many pharmacies. If you already have a medical appointment scheduled, ask for your vaccination during your visit. At Virginia Gay’s Family Medical Clinics, we will update your health record, check for any other vaccinations you may need, and be certain you receive the vaccine recommended for your age group.
Although October is an ideal time to get vaccinated against influenza, the flu vaccine is the best defense even if you are vaccinated as early as June or as late as January.
The Benton County Public Health Department is available for on-site flu vaccinations for businesses, and organizations throughout the county. To learn more call the Benton County Public Health Department at Virginia Gay Hospital, 319-472-6200.
You can also #FightTheFlu for yourself and those around you with everyday preventative actions like covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, washing your hands often with soap and water, and by not touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. The flu virus can “live” on some surfaces for up to 48 hours, so cleaning and disinfecting desks, countertops and other frequently used surfaces and objects like toys, that may be harboring the disease may reduce the spread of flu.
Join us and be a Flu Fighter this year!
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