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5 Reason to get a flu shot + The Viral Flu Shot Video You Need to Watch Now

Posted on Thu, Oct 02, 2014
5 Reason to get a flu shot + The Viral Flu Shot Video You Need to Watch Now

It is officially the best time to get your flu shot. If you’re on the fence about getting the flu shot, our Divisional Director of Clinical Services, Denise Sexton, RN, BSN, has written up the five best reasons to give it a shot! And, after the tips, click the link below to see one brave little girl who shows you how to conquer the flu shot.

5 Reasons to get a Flu Shot

  1. Getting a flu vaccine can reduce physician visits and insurance claims by up to 44%. This decreases the risk of spreading the flu to patients going to physicians for other reasons. This also decreases unnecessary visit to the emergency department.
  2. To prevent complications from the flu. Flu can turn into pneumonia especially if someone has respiratory problems or who has a weakened immune system. This also includes people 65 years of age and older or people of any age with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease, pregnant women and children. Influenza is the most frequent cause of death in a vaccine preventable disease. Each year more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications and about 36,000 people die of complications of the flu in the US. Of these people 90 percent of the deaths occur in people 65 or older.  
  3. Loss of hours worked. You may lose 5-7 days of work if you become ill with the flu and do not suffer any secondary infections from the flu which could cause you to be off from work even longer. CDC states there can be up to a 45% reduction in lost workdays by being vaccinated.
  4. Prevent spreading illness to your children and family at home. You can be infectious to others up to a day before you show any symptoms.
  5. Prevent spreading illness to the patients you are caring for and/or coworkers. This can reduce morbidity and mortality for patients who are at risk when in the hospital and cause coworkers to miss days at work or spread the illness to their friends or family.
Click here to watch the latest viral video of one child’s reaction to getting the flu shot.

BONUS: If you think you know all there is to know about the flu take the Flu IQ Quiz at  www.cdc.gov/flu/fluiq.htm.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Denise Sexton o­ffers 20 years of healthcare experience to EmCare partner hospitals, and over 15 years specifically in the emergency department and in leadership roles. As a Divisional Director of Clinical Services for EmCare, Denise’s strength in leadership and diverse clinical skills provides a solid foundation for improving hospital operations, not only in the E.D, but also with services including hospitalist programs, observation units, operating rooms and critical care units. Denise uses her education and experience to o­ffer expertise and broad perspectives for E.D. and inpatient managers.

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Doctors Discuss Use of MenB Vaccine at Princeton University

Posted on Wed, Jan 08, 2014
Doctors Discuss Use of MenB Vaccine at Princeton University

Use of experimental vaccine has called into question decision not to vaccinate more widely

FRIDAY, Jan. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The planned use of an experimental Neisseria meningitidesserogroup B (MenB) meningitis vaccine at the University of Princeton has raised several contentious issues relating to vaccination, according to an ideas and opinions piece published online Dec. 24 in theAnnals of Internal Medicine.

Kristen A. Feemster, M.D., M.P.H., and Paul Offit, M.D., from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, discuss use of the unlicensed vaccine (Bexsero) at the University of Princeton, where eight confirmed cases of MenB have been identified.

The authors note that despite a coordinated response from the University, N.J. Department of Health, and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the outbreak persisted. Although concern has been expressed relating to "emergency use" of an experimental vaccine, safety has been established in clinical trials and the vaccine is licensed in the European Union and Australia. Vaccine receipt is voluntary, but will be offered to university students and high-risk university-affiliated individuals. Use of the vaccine in this situation has called into question the decision not to distribute the vaccine in the United States. Vaccine manufacturers are currently prioritizing development of a 5-valent vaccine including MenB, and until such time, broader access to Bexsero is considered unlikely.

"While many have also called for wider access to a MenB vaccine, others view Princeton students as test subjects -- we want what we cannot have yet also distrust what is unknown," the authors write.

One author disclosed financial ties to Pfizer and Abbott.

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