Mosaic’s Community Nurse Catherine Evelyn R.N. will provide facts and information on healthy lifestyle a new monthly post on health related topics for our readers on our Janesgtacafe blog. Stay tuned for her next article “Tips of the Heart care in Winter”.
TIME FOR YOU TO TAKE YOUR SHOT!!!!
The leaves are falling, the days are getting shorter and those nasty seasonal “bugs” are about to be unleashed.
It has been reported that, with these changes in the weather and the length of our days getting shorter, one of our strongest protectors really have a fight on their hands
It is the Immune System that holds these “bugs” at bay!!
Sometimes we need to help our Immune System with a dose of “kick butt” to keep the “bugs” from knocking out our Immune System and letting those critters into our “house” for a nasty attack of the Flu.
“It takes a village” is not just about raising a child but also about keeping neighbours, friends, family and the community well.
So hold your breath and roll up your sleeve and “Take your Shot” in preventing the spread of that pesky Flu Bug!
Visit your Family Doctor or go to your trusted Pharmacy or one of the many Flu shot clinics in your community and roll up your sleeve and say…
For the Wellness of Everyone!
Until Next time…
Catherine Evelyn R.N.
Mosaic Home Care & Community Resource Centre
What are the benefits of flu vaccination?
While how well the flu vaccine works can vary, there are a lot of reasons to get a flu vaccine each year.
Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick from flu. Protecting yourself from flu also protects the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness.
Flu vaccination can help protect people who are at greater risk of getting seriously ill from flu, like older adults, people with chronic health conditions and young children (especially infants younger than 6 months old who are too young to get vaccinated).
Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick.
Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of more serious flu outcomes, like hospitalizations.
A recent study* showed that flu vaccine reduced children’s risk of flu-related pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admission by 74% during flu seasons from 2010-2012.
One study showed that flu vaccination was associated with a 71% reduction in flu-related hospitalizations among adults of all ages and a 77% reduction among adults 50 years of age and older during the 2011-2012 flu season.
Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions. Vaccination was associated with lower rates of some cardiac events among people with heart disease, especially among those who had had a cardiac event in the past year. Flu vaccination also has been shown to be associated with reduced hospitalizations among people with diabetes (79%) and chronic lung disease (52%).
Vaccination helps protect women during pregnancy and their babies for up to 6 months after they are born. One study showed that giving flu vaccine to pregnant women was 92% effective in preventing hospitalization of infants for flu.
Other studies have shown that vaccination can reduce the risk of flu-related hospitalizations in older adults. A study that looked at flu vaccine effectiveness over the course of three flu seasons estimated that flu vaccination lowered the risk of hospitalizations by 61% in people 50 years of age and older.
And also a recent Vox Article on the subject:
Beyond public health measures (making sure you have good hand hygiene and avoiding the office when you’re sick), the flu shot is the best medical intervention we have for preventing infection. So there’s little downside with at least some potential benefit. I personally continue to get the flu shot for this reason.
As Roger Baxter, the co-director of the Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center, told me, “Flu vaccines are not a panacea, and do not prevent all cases of flu, even in the best years, when there are no manufacturing problems and the match is perfect.” He continued: “However, the vaccines provide moderate protection, and can prevent huge numbers of cases of this serious illness. Many studies have shown that the vaccines are very safe, so the benefit-to-risk ratio is high and the cost is relatively low.”