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How To #FightFlu This Season

How To #FightFlu This Season
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Getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself, your family and vulnerable people in our community

Flu shots can reduce flu illnesses, doctor visits, and missed work or school due to the flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

A 2017 study in Pediatrics was the first to show that flu vaccination also significantly reduced a child’s risk of dying from influenza.

The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from the fluincluding older people, very young children, pregnant women, and people with certain long-term health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.

What’s new this flu season?

The recommendation not to use the nasal spray flu vaccine (LAIV) was renewed for the 2017-2018 season. Only injectable flu shots are recommended for use again this season.

Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses (the influenza A(H1N1) component was updated).

Pregnant women may receive any licensed, recommended, and age-appropriate flu vaccine.

Main options for flu shots this season

Standard-dose flu shots

Most are given into the muscle with a needle (one is given into the skin). The virus used to make vaccine is dead; you cannot get the flu from a flu shot! MainStreet has this quadravalent.

High-dose shots for older people

There are now data that this stronger dose of shot adds greater flu protection in people 65 and over – an especially vulnerable segment of our population. This version is available at several local pharmacies and it is paid for by Medicare. 

Source: Centers for Disease Control (#FightFlu)

Fact Check: Can the flu vaccine give me the flu?

No. The flu vaccine is made with killed virus or a recombinant method using non-living ingredients.
So the flu shot can’t give you the flu. But a few people may develop flu-like symptoms after getting a flu shot for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Reaction to the vaccine. Some people experience muscle aches and a slight fever for a day or two after receiving a flu shot. This may be a side effect of your body’s production of protective antibodies.
  • The two-week window. It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to take full effect. If you’re exposed to the influenza virus shortly before or during that time period, you might catch the flu.
  • Mismatched flu viruses. In some years, the influenza viruses used for the vaccine don’t match the viruses circulating during the flu season. If this occurs, your flu shot will be less effective, but may still offer some protection.
  • Other illnesses. Many other diseases, such as the common cold, also produce flu-like symptoms. So you may think you have the flu when you actually don’t.

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Top 10 Most Costly Workplace Injuries

$1 Billion Each and Every Week

That is about what U.S. businesses spend on direct costs for workplace injury ($50 Billion per year), not to mention lost time and other indirect costs, according the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Direct costs include workers comp payments, medical costs and legal services. Indirect costs may include replacement worker expense, accident investigation, lost productivity, damaged equipment and the cost of low morale and absenteeism.

According to Liberty Mutual Insurance, these are the Top 10 most costly workplace injuries, totaling ~85% of all workplace injury costs:

Overexertion injuries caused by excessive lifting, pushing, pulling, holding or throwing  $12B
Fall on the same level slips and falls  $6B
Fall to a lower level  $5B
Bodily reaction injuries caused from slipping or tripping without falling  $5B
Struck by object such as a tool falling on a worker from above  $4B
Struck against object such as walking into a door  $3B
Highway incident  $2B
Caught in/compressed by  $2B
Repetitive motion injuries due to repeated stress or strain  $2B
Assaults or other violent acts  $1B

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