Health Reforms in Youth Education: Combatting the Anti-Vaccination Movement

Helping Patients Prepare for Flu Season

Helping Patients Prepare for Flu Season

It is important for everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated against the flu because it is a contagious respiratory illness, which can cause severe illness and even death in some people. "This flu vaccine is a good match; it was updated this year to provide better coverage to the different strains of the flu", she said.

Those at highest risk for having complications from the flu include children under 5 years old, people 65 years and older, pregnant women, and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease. Educating youth will give them the knowledge to understand the need for vaccines, which will hopefully begin to resolve misconceptions promulgated by the anti-vaccination movement. Early signs are that this coming year might be dominated by the H1N1 strain, for which the flu vaccine tends to have higher effectiveness rates.

Flu vaccines are not 100% effective, and sometimes the strain of flu circulating is not a ideal match for the flu strains in the flu vaccine.

Also in an effort to keep patients safe, Kaweah Delta has a year-round visitor policy in place, which helps facilitate a quiet, healing environment for patients, said Kathy Wittman, Kaweah Delta's Infection Prevention Data Coordinator.




"We recommend that all residents, who have not yet received a flu shot, do so now either through their physician, a local pharmacy or at a clinic". Active Duty Service members should follow their service policy for getting vaccinated and making sure it's recorded. Who is at the highest risk for having complications from it?

For those who feel the vaccine may make them sick, Mayer recommends understanding their concerns.

"Even in December, it's not too late for New Jersey seniors to get a flu shot", said Melissa Jevic Evans, nurse practitioner, Clover Health. I try to help people understand the science behind vaccine development and how the body develops immunity. That's why it's also important to practice common-sense measures to slow the spread of the flu and other illnesses, such as covering your mouth/nose when you cough or sneeze, and washing your hands frequently. The most common side effects are mild and resolve on their own within 24-48 hours.

In 2008, New Jersey's Public Health Council issued a compulsory flu vaccination for all children before entering preschools and daycare centers. The Department accepts most private insurance and participates in the Texas Vaccines for Children Program.

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