EHAPpenings: Influenza is a serious health risk, get vaccinated!

On average, 1 out of 5 Americans suffer from influenza every year. Decrease your risk by getting a flu shot annually. (Freedom Current photo)

Thirty-four LCS employees received in-district flu vaccinations sponsored by E.H.A.P. earlier this year. If you were not one of these employees, it’s not too late to get your vaccination at most drug stores and at many other stores. Those employees who have HealthPlus or MESSA Choices II insurance should be able to have the cost of the vaccination covered by their insurance.

Did you know?

On average, 1 out of 5 Americans suffer from influenza every year. In addition, influenza and its related complications result in approximately 226,000 hospitalizations in the U.S. each year. Depending on virus severity during the influenza season, deaths can range from 3,000 to a high of about 40,000 people.

We are all at risk for contracting influenza. The results for some will be lost work or school days. But for those at highest risk, the results can be more serious – leading to hospitalization and even death. The best way to prevent influenza is with an annual flu shot.

Combined with pneumonia, influenza is the nation’s eighth leading cause of death.

Influenza is serious – get vaccinated!

Influenza Symptoms

Influenza symptoms include fever (usually high), headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches. Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur, but are more common in children than adults.

Complications of Influenza

Complications of influenza can include viral or bacterial pneumonia and worsening of chronic medical conditions such as asthma, congestive heart failure, and diabetes. Children may experience sinus problems and ear infections.

How Influenza Spreads

Influenza viruses spread in respiratory droplets caused by coughing and sneezing. They usually spread from person to person, though sometimes people become infected by touching something contaminated with the influenza virus and then touching their mouth, eyes, or nose.

(American Lung Association, 2011; www.lungusa.org)

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