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Prevention is Key to Reducing Influenza Risk – Especially for High Risk Populations

October 09, 2018

Many Craig Hospital patients and graduates are at an increased risk for contracting influenza due to respiratory impairments, medication or other health contradictions, or if their immune systems are compromised.

It can be very difficult for patients to recover from influenza if their immune system is compromised, because they’re on certain medications or they’re allergic to the standard anti-viral prescribed to patients with the flu.

For individuals at high risk, influenza immunizations result in substantial reductions in complications, hospitalizations and deaths. Craig Hospital requires employees, students and volunteers to get the influenza vaccine and offers the vaccine to patients. Other prevention measures include respiratory stations at hospital entrances where hand sanitizer, tissues and masks are available.

According to the CDC there are four types of influenza viruses that cause seasonal epidemics almost every winter in the United States: A, B, C and D. Human influenza A and B viruses are the viruses responsible for causing seasonal influenza during the winter months in the United States.

You can make an appointment to get your flu shot from your primary care physician or at your neighborhood pharmacy starting in early October!

Download the Center for Disease Control’s Flu Fact Sheet.