"I really can't stay, but baby, it's cold outside", Dean Martin's famous holiday song implies the changing of seasons at Missouri Western State University. The peak months are December through February. Students, faculty and all other members of the campus are all packed tightly into a communal area which facilitates the spread of illness.
As of mid-November, only 43% of surveyed people 18 or older said they had gotten vaccinated against the flu, according to NORC, which has conducted the National Immunization Survey for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 2005.
Flu season generally begins in the fall and lasts through March.
How well the influenza vaccine works (or its ability to prevent influenza illness) can range widely from season to season.
"Campus life typically challenges students with new opportunities for learning, discovery - and intimacy with germs". "Perhaps the healthy adults are at a fairly small risk of getting a very very severe flu infection, but if they do get infected, they're potentially still infecting others". He explains hallmark signs of the flu are headaches and severe body aches, although symptoms can be more severe. The best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu vaccine. "Get rest and have plenty of fluids".
Vaccinations are a significant achievement in the advancement of public health, aiding in diminishing the detrimental effects induced by harmful pathogens. This information highlights the importance of students and faculty to stay home when they are displaying flu symptoms in attempt to limit outbreaks of the flu. His parents have set up a fund to promote flu vaccinations. December 2 - 8 is National Influenza Vaccination Week, the flawless time to get your flu shot.
Roderick addressed students' concerns when she said that the attendance expectations document was distributed directly to faculty and professors. Common knowledge dictates that avoiding contact with individuals that are already sick, frequent hand washing and covering your mouth or nose when you cough/sneeze are all good habits to develop during the winter months.
People with compromised immune systems are advised to talk with their doctor about whether a flu shot is appropriate. Communal places such as the cafeteria, library and computer labs are frequently trafficked, and therefore hotbeds for the spread of the flu.
There is no current preventative measure put into place besides routine cleaning. Now there is research underway to develop a universal flu vaccine that provides improved protection against more subtypes of the virus. Make your appointment for a flu shot.
Did you know that Louisiana is among the states with the highest levels of flu activity so far this season? Flu vaccines are made with either inactivated flu or a weakened flu virus, neither of which can cause the flu. The strains consist of more than one virus.
Vaccination is needed every year because the Influenza viruses change every few years and scientists continue to monitor which viruses are circulating, and change the ingredients in influenza vaccines to match them. This is also a good time to slay a myth that has lived for too long: You can not get the flu from the flu shot. Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Public Health Dr. Jeffery Howard says his own position is that being vaccinated helps protect the person - and those around them.
The Student Health Fair, held in late September, advertised and administered flu vaccinations to students for free. That's not as high as the measles vaccine, but it still amounts to millions of cases of flu that should not have happened. They have a wealth of resources for nurses and patients on their website.
Even if they do as they intend, that leaves considerably more than a third of adults (41%) who have not - and will not - get a flu shot, according to NORC.