The Friday Five – National Influenza Vaccination Week
Follow and join the conversation with #FluFighter, #FightFlu and #NIVW.
The National Influenza Vaccination Week is a national awareness week focused on highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination. The CDC wants Americans to know that there is still time to get their flu shots if they haven’t already done so. This week’s Friday Five provides CDC flu resources, a sickness forecasting app, home remedies to combat flu symptoms and more.
CDC Flu Resources
Visit the CDC website to find everything you need to know about the flu illness including symptoms, treatment, prevention, flu activity and surveillance.
There were an estimated 49 MILLION cases of #flu illness last season. Your best bet to #fightflu? A #fluvaccine: https://t.co/rxqR75FHpd #NIVW pic.twitter.com/8na8EsP9VY
— CDC Flu (@CDCFlu) December 4, 2018
This Flu Season, T-System Offers Free Documentation to Emergency Departments
With flu season upon us and projected to make a big impact again this year, T-System, a healthcare IT company that specializes in emergency department documentation, is providing its T Sheets® flu templates to all emergency department and urgent care staff free of charge. Influenza T Sheets are point-of-care tools designed to support consistent documentation, diagnosis and treatment of influenza patients. All templates incorporate the necessary clinical content and terminology required for ICD-10 and the latest CDC guidelines for diagnosis and treatment.
Sickweather – Sickness Forecasting and Mapping App
Just as Doppler radar scans the skies for indicators of bad weather, Sickweather’s (@sickweather) algorithm scans social networks and 3rd party data sources for indicators of illness, allowing you to check for the chance of sickness as easily as you can check for the chance of rain.
It’s always good to know what illnesses are going around. When you download the free @Sickweather app, you can search maps and forecasts of #flu, colds, allergies, strep, chicken pox and more. It’s like the Doppler radar for sickness! Check it out at https://t.co/21U3Gp9mjC
— FamiliesFightingFlu (@famfightflu) December 4, 2018
Try this simple, natural home remedy from WebMD (@WebMD) to help ease the symptoms of cold and flu.
This soothing ginger tea with honey may help ease your cold and flu symptoms — and it’s simple to make. 🍵 pic.twitter.com/HvttJtUvgO
— WebMD (@WebMD) December 3, 2018
Every year people around the world work to study, track, and prevent flu. CDC profiles some of 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, or know someone who is? Share your own flu fighter profiles online or social media. Here’s how:
- Pick 1-3 images demonstrating your work as a flu fighter.
- Write a 2-4 sentence post about how you fight flu.
- Share these images and message on social media. Be sure to include the hashtag #FluFighter or #FightFlu and tag @CDCFlu in your post!
During #NIVW we’re spotlighting heroes who #fightflu. We call them #FluFighters. First, meet Lacey Eden, an assistant teaching professor and nurse practitioner. She finds that many patients are surprised to learn that ~79K people died from flu last season. https://t.co/kpFL0VfJbS pic.twitter.com/2wG4k0JrTF
— CDC Flu (@CDCFlu) December 3, 2018
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