The Friday Five – National Influenza Vaccination Week
Did you know it is not too late to get a flu vaccine? Back in 2005, CDC established National Influenza Vaccination Week to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond. This week’s Friday Five provides advice about how to protect yourself against flu and spread awareness so others can stay flu free this season.
— CDC (@CDCgov) November 24, 2017
CDC on Flu and Flu Fighters Initiative
The CDC (@CDCgov) offers a variety of resources and information on all things flu. The organization offers advice for protecting yourself and coworkers from seasonal influenza in the workplace. If you are interested in helping to spread awareness about flu and flu vaccines, then be sure to take advantage of the various widgets CDC offers that can be shared on blogs and web pages. Finally, keep up to date on the latest flu outbreaks by checking on with the Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report.
Every year people around the world work to study, track, and prevent flu. In order to recognize these people CDC (@CDCFlu) has organized a campaign to highlight these flu fighters and the work they are doing to contribute to flu prevention in the U.S. and around the world! Are you a flu fighter? CDC encourages you to share your own Flu Fighter profile online and social media using hashtags #FluFighter and #FightFlu.
Meet the @CDCFlu #FluFighters, now during #NationalInfluenzaVaccinationWeek. Our own @kristinaduda helps advocate for the flu vaccine and prevention of flu as a cold and flu writer—and a pediatric nurse! How do you #FightFlu? #liveVerywell #NIVW pic.twitter.com/UPLQXzjP69
— Verywell (@Verywell) December 5, 2017
Flu Season Update & OTC Medicines
Wendy Sue Swanson MD (@SeattleMamaDoc) is a practicing physician in Washington who is “passionate about improving the way media discusses pediatric health news and influences parents’ decisions when caring for their children.” In this blog post Dr. Swanson discusses the latest on this year’s flu season and gives information about four over the counter medications that can help relieve flu symptoms while your body takes time to heal.
10 Flu Myths
Everyone seems to have an opinion on whether or not it is necessary to get a flu vaccine. Often times we receive or spread ourselves, incorrect information about the flu vaccine. Harvard Health Publishing debunks 10 common myths about the flu and separates fact from fiction.
— NHS flu fighter (@NHSflufighter) December 4, 2017
Avoiding the Flu in the Workplace
No one can afford to be sick with the flu, especially not medical office staff. The SCG Health (@SCGhealth) blog offers some tips about how to avoid the spread of flu and other germs among employees as well as patients in their waiting rooms. A few simple steps can hopefully minimize the reach of the flu within the workplace.
How effective is the flu vaccine this year?
Dr. Pardis Sabeti, a Harvard professor and an infectious disease expert, joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss how effective the flu vaccine is this year and what to expect this winter season.
What is the challenge? Why can’t we get a more effective flu vaccine? pic.twitter.com/sPLLOrhARd
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) December 5, 2017
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