Local Doctors and the CDC Recommend Families Get Flu Shot Early!
Local medical centers stocking up on flu vaccines
Last year’s flu season affected an alarming number of people, and experts predict this year’s flu season could strike as early as October. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local physicians recommend families protect themselves now with the 2013 influenza vaccine. Vaccinations have been proven to decrease the incidence of influenza and its potentially deadly complications, particularly for those most affected by flu – children and seniors.
“The severity and commonness of the flu each year is one of the most volatile events in medicine. However, it is highly more likely that if you get a flu shot, your chances of getting the flu are significantly less,” says Dr. Mark Siemer, DO, Medical Director of American Family Care Cherry Creek. “Many people don’t take the flu seriously, and more than half of all Americans fail to protect themselves with a simple influenza vaccination. With schools in session and the spread of germs is inevitable, now is the time to protect yourself and your family from influenza. Last year we saw more people infected that could have been protected, leading to more seniors hospitalized from the flu than ever before.”
Please share this story with local families in your area to help prevent complications from the flu.
FLU FAST FACTS:
The U.S. flu season can run from October through May.
- The CDC reports last year’s 2012-2013 flu season resulted in more hospitalizations of people over 65 than any flu season on record. Flu-related illnesses cause some 200,000 hospitalizations each year.
- People most at risk of the flu and further complications are young children, folks over age 65 and pregnant women. However, the pandemic H1N1 that surfaced in 2009 was most common in teenagers and young adults.
- 90% of flu related deaths are people age 65 or older.
- Pediatricians typically offer vaccines for children only. Pharmacies typically offer vaccines for adults only. AFC and AFC American Family Care Centers offer
One-stop-flu shots and mists for the entire family – both children and adults (Ages of children vaccinated vary by center).
The past few years, on average, 42% of Americans were vaccinated against the flu –meaning
More than half of all Americans don’t typically get a flu shot.
Even with a vaccination, you still need to protect yourself!
BEAT THE BUG:
Bring your own pen – to the bank, grocery store, even to touch the ATM. Anything a sick person touches can harbor germs, including money, mail, ATM keypads, elevator buttons, etc.
Use paper – replace hand towels in bathrooms with paper towels. They’re not as pretty, but paper towels can help get rid of a ton of germs that live in damp towels.
Wash hands frequently – use soap, warm water and rinse long enough to say the alphabet or sing “Happy Birthday.” Recent studies show plain soap and water work just fine.
Use a proper hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) anytime you touch anything. Make sure you use sanitizer, even under fingernails, where germs hide.
Clean with disinfectant – viruses and bacteria can live up to two hours or longer on doorknobs, toys, TV remote controls, keyboards, mouse pads, refrigerator handles, counter tops, railings, faucets, bathroom floors and more.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services, Infectious Disease Foundation
Free Flu Shot Campaign!
Dont forget to Stop by the clinic the dates and times below with a canned good for the donation! The first 100 to walk through the doors with a canned good will recieve a free shot!
Saturday September 28, 2013 from 7am – 9am
Saturday October 19, 2013 from 7am – 9am
Help us help those in our community! Together we can all fight hunger. All donations will be givne to The Food Bank Of The Rockies!