VNA Health Group continues to place great emphasis upon continued vaccination against Influenza and personal precautions to inhibit its spread. The vaccine is safe, well-proven and cannot transmit infection. There are increasing reports in the general media related to a nationwide rise in the estimated cases of influenza. This is typical for this time of year and may be expected to continue through the month of February. The vaccine is of average annual protectiveness and is recommended for all persons over 6 months of age and who have not had a previous anaphylaxis episode to a constituent. There is also much media reported concern that the vaccine this year may not fully protect as well as wished against infection. This is not an atypical situation in the annual fight to control the spread of influenza. Regardless, we know that the vaccine can reduce the severity, length of illness and the contagiousness of infection even if it does not fully protect. This is strong support for healthcare workers to help “ring” compromised patients who can’t receive vaccination due to their medical status.
It is never “too late” to receive an annual influenza vaccine. In fact, the infection is truly endemic worldwide (i.e., always present to some extent) but merely has predictable peak seasonality in the northern and southern hemispheres six months apart. Each year’s influenza vaccine is approved for use through the expiration date of June each year. Accordingly, we need to look more and more towards influenza being a continuing threat to our patients (as well as ourselves and families) rather than a winter only vaccination event.
There are antiviral pharmaceutical agents, most popularly Tamiflu, available for both prophylaxis and treatment in specific complex cases. However, since individuals are most contagious in the days prior to the clinical onset of symptoms, prophylactic drugs such as Tamiflu are most effective if continually used throughout the winter season.
For the great majority of the population, annual influenza vaccination remains of optimum benefit to themselves and others and for VNA Health Group, it is essential that all patients and health care workers that don’t have a contraindication get the flu shot this year. It is a basic responsibility for all health care professionals.
If anyone would like to receive a flu vaccination, please contact Anne Lefferts at email@example.com or by cell phone at: 732-337-8486.
Robert Morgan, MD, MPH, FAAP
Chair, Children and Family Health Institute
VNA Health Group
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