This week’s Wellness Wednesday column is provided courtesy of Central Carolina Hospital.
At Central Carolina Hospital our mission is Making Communities Healthier. That means we want to ensure that we do everything we can to prevent the spread of this serious illness and help you stay healthy for the busy months ahead. So, as you get fully settled into the new fall season this month, make flu prevention part of your routine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly influenza vaccination for everyone six months of age and older as the first and best form of prevention against the flu. Studies show that, not only can the flu vaccine reduce your risk of illness by about 50 to 60 percent, but it can also make your illness milder, should you contract the flu. This important step can result in fewer doctor visits, less time missed from your daily routines and fewer flu-related hospitalizations. By preventing the spread of the virus, you’re also helping others in your community stay healthy. Older people, pregnant women, young children and those with health conditions are especially vulnerable to serious complications from this illness.
As an aside, at Central Carolina Hospital, we also do our part, too, to help prevent the flu from spreading. Measures we take at the hospital include:
– Providing masks to all visitors and patients experiencing flu-like symptoms;
– Setting up stations throughout the facility stocked with tissues and alcohol-based hand sanitizers;
– Encouraging all patients, staff and visitors who have not done so already to get their flu shot;
– Providing educational materials to all visitors about everyday preventative actions; and
– If needed, limiting visitation hours to help limit the spread of infection.
Getting a flu shot is a minor interruption in your schedule, but one whose benefits far outweigh the temporary inconvenience. To get vaccinated, you can visit the Public Health Department, a walk-in clinic or pharmacy, or your primary care physician. If you don’t have a primary care physician, please visit us at http://www.centralcarolinahosp.com/find-a-physician or call us at 800.483.6385. We’ll be happy to get you connected to the right care.