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Flu Season is Here

Flu season is here!  The GRAND of Dublin is now offering flu vaccinations to our staff and residents.

Flu season typically starts in October each year and peaks between December and February.  No year is a good year to get the flu, but this year is especially bad due to the Covid19 Pandemic. If you can avoid the flu, this will help reduce the burden on our already overwhelmed healthcare systems and prevent the transmission to at-risk populations like children not old enough to receive the vaccine, our precious elderly population, and those with compromised immune systems. The risk to these populations is severe.

You should do everything you can to prevent the flu, including handwashing, hand sanitizing and staying home when you are ill or exhibiting symptoms.  Handwashing and other preventative measures can help stop both COVID 19 and the flu.  Remember, both share many of the same symptoms (fever, chills, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, body aches, headache, and fatigue).  There is a risk this year of having both the flu and COVID 19 at the same time.   Providers will know more on how to treat the illness if they can rule out the flu do having a flu shot.  Keep in mind, it takes 2 weeks after vaccination to achieve full immunity, so social distance and keep away from those with flu like symptoms.

We ask that our residents, staff, families, and friends that may be visiting our centers get their flu shots.  CDC estimates that less than half of the population received their flu shots last year.  There are many fears and myths surrounding the flu shot.

  1. “It will give me the flu.” (It won’t).
  2. “It has so many bad side effects.” (Major side effects are very rare).
  3. “It won’t work anyway, they don’t know what type of flu we will have” (While it’s not perfect, it is based on the 4 biggest strains from the previous flu season).
  4. “Don’t need it, the flu isn’t anything serious”. (While some are only ill for a few days and experience minor symptoms, others may have severe illness and even death).
  5. “I will catch COVID while waiting to get my flu shot”. (Communities are offering outdoor clinics, one-on-one appointments and are required to follow proper prevention protocols).

So this flu season, wash your hands often, use hand sanitizer liberally, disinfect surfaces frequently, wear your mask, social distance, stay home when you are ill AND get your flu shot!

 

 

The Flu: From 1918 to 2018

The Flu: From 1918 to 2018

Andrea Hartley CPhT
Pharmacy Technician / Central Supply Manager
The GRAND of Dublin

fluWe all know the flu virus can be deadly to vulnerable populations, but did you know that in 1918 a worldwide flu outbreak caused illness and deaths in many young and healthy people, as well as those at high risk? This particular strain of the flu became known as the Spanish flu because it was well known that Spain was hit particularly hard, but before the end of the 1918 flu season the virus had spread to every corner of the globe and killed up to 50 million people. The particular strain that caused the 1918 pandemic was of avian origin, as were many of the most deadly flu outbreaks.

The first flu vaccine in America was released in 1940, so at the time of the Spanish flu there was nothing to stop its spread except good hygiene disinfectants and isolation those who fell ill.  Today we not only have a vaccine for the flu, we have diagnostic tests and we have prescription medications to help treat the virus, as well as lessen the symptoms and duration of the illness; some can even be taken to prevent the flu in people who have been exposed to the virus: we have Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) oral capsules and liquid, Relenza (zanamivir) inhalation powder and Rapivab (peravimir) injection.

In 1960 the U.S. Public Health Service first recommended annual flu vaccination for high risk groups. This year the Centers for Disease Control recommend flu vaccination for everyone 6 months or older who do not have contraindications.

So much has changed in the prevention and treatment of the flu in the last 100 years!  At The GRAND of Dublin we offer flu vaccines to all of our employees and residents every autumn, and we still have plenty left this year if you need one during your stay with us.

For more information on the 2018 / 2019 flu season Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.