Roll Up Your Sleeves for the Flu Shot
Each year hundreds of thousands of people die from influenza, worldwide. Despite these numbers of epidemic proportions, many fail to treat the flu with the urgency it demands.
This number shouldn’t be surprising. Every winter the news cycle is filled with stories of healthy, young, athletic people falling ill and being hospitalized due to complications from the flu. Every year we see photos of infants, too young to be vaccinated, who have passed away because they were exposed. Every year, nursing homes are quarantined because of a flu outbreak, or to protect their increasingly immunocompromised residents from becoming sick.
And yet in Nova Scotia, approximately 40% of the public and healthcare workers get the flu shot.
Getting immunized is one of the best preventative measures. It can keep you from getting and spreading the flu, and even if you do contract the flu, it can help make it less severe. Simply put, getting the shot is better than not getting the shot.
The NSNU always encourages members to get immunized. Working in healthcare, nurses are routinely exposed to influenza during the flu season. Getting vaccinated is an important tool for protecting yourself, your patients, your family and your friends.
Let’s work together to prevent getting and spreading the flu this season. Get the shot, and encourage others to do so as well.
View our flu campaign commercials below, along with more information about this year’s vaccine, and what else you can do to prevent getting and spreading the flu this season.
Other ways to prevent the flu:
- Wash your hands with soap and water, and use hand sanitizer when it is available
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
- Limit touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Do not share drinking glasses, utensils, water bottles, mouth guards, or cosmetics
- Stay home if you believe you are sick with the flu
- Wear PPEs – personal protective equipment
For detailed information this year's influenza vaccine, download this PDF: