IT IS NOT TOO EARLY TO PREPARE!
Flu season is coming upon us very quickly. Influenza is a respiratory illness which spreads when someone coughs, sneezes, or even talks. Adults may be contagious from one day before feeling sick up to seven days after getting sick. Children can be contagious longer than seven days.
To protect our resident’s health we will be providing the Flu Vaccine for all of our residents (unless contraindicated). Consent forms and information sheets from the CDC are being mailed out. Even if you decline for your loved one to receive this vaccine please check the appropriate place and return the form to me as I have to maintain a record of both the accepted and/or declined documents.
I would like to encourage all of our family members and friends of our residents to ask your physician about getting the Flu Vaccine. Contrary to belief, the Flu Vaccine does not make you sick. By protecting yourself, you are also protecting your loved ones at home and here at the nursing home. The best time to obtain the Flu Vaccine is in October or November.
Other measures you may use to prevent the spread of germs are: Frequent hand washing Use of alcohol based sanitizers Avoid close contact with those who are sick Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing then follow up with washing your hands Stay home when you are sick Eat healthy, get rest, and regular exercise
Thank you for working together with our staff to keep our residents healthy.
Monica E. Judd RN, Infection Control and Prevention
Visit CDC.gov for more information about the importance of vaccinations.