Influenza Prevention

Influenza Prevention


  – As various strains of
seasonal influenza virus   circulate each year,   VA pulls out the stops
to fight the flu   and keep staff
and veterans healthy.   Let’s take a look
at what VA is doing   to reduce the spread of flu
within their facilities.   – I’m just scaring you.   – That wasn’t the needle?
– Yeah.   – It was a very easy process.
It was very, very quick.   They were very attentive.   The shot didn’t hurt
and I feel better.   – It’s one of the privileges
of being a veteran.   You get the flu shot for free.   – Every medical center in
the VA system has a flu clinic   where veterans can get
the flu vaccine.   – Hi. How are you?
– Good. How are you?   – I’m good.
Nice to meet you.   – I think the guidance
now is that   everyone over the age of
6 months get the vaccine.   So the VA and CDC and many other
healthcare systems   make a real effort to get
patients and employees   to get the vaccine.   – Oh, that was great.   – It’s prudent for everyone
to get vaccinated against flu   because no one is immune to it.   Because the virus changes
every year and so consequently   the vaccine is
updated every year   to provide the maximum
protection against flu.   – There’s really no risk for
the great majority of people   with a flu vaccine.   People who are allergic to eggs
should not get the flu vaccine   and people who’ve
had Guillain-Barre   should not get the flu vaccine.   Otherwise, there are
very few reasons   not to get the flu vaccine.   – The flu shot does not
give you the virus,   it doesn’t make you sick, and it
promotes a healthy response   in your body to fight the flu.   – I think the most important
thing is to really have people   get accurate information
about the flu vaccine.   There are many people who say,
“I don’t want to get the vaccine   because I got the flu.”   And you really cannot get
the flu from the vaccine.   – I have information about
the flu shot that I gave you,   and then this is information.   If you have any reaction
for the next 15 minutes,   we recommend you proceed
down there…   – In every hospital,
there’s a flu champion   and they deserve the credit.   They’re the ones on the front
line providing the flu shots,   talking to folks about
how the flu is spread,   dispelling myths
about the vaccine.   And that’s very important
because a lot of folks   don’t realize that
the vaccine is our   best protection against flu.   – But I think we really strongly
encourage healthcare workers   to get the vaccine because
it really does protect them,   it protects their families,
it protects the veterans,   and also it really prevents the
spread throughout the community.   – The benefits are protecting
yourself, your own health,   and then it goes beyond that.   You want to protect your family,
your work colleagues.   And so as a community we always
advocate flu vaccination because   it saves lives, and it helps
keep us healthier.   There are 4 major points
that we stress for everyone.   That’s: get your flu shot every
year, clean your hands often,   cover your coughs and sneezes,   and stay at home
when you’re sick.   – It didn’t hurt and I advise
anybody that’s maybe   veteran or anybody
to get that flu shot.   – With respect to, you know,
all veterans getting flu shots   and making sure that we’re
doing our part individually   not to spread the flu contagion
amongst our other fellow vet,   fellow veterans is important.   It’s almost like an obligation.   – With flu season
fast approaching,   make sure you get your flu shot
at your local VA medical center.    

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