Barbara Savatteri, RN, CIC, Director of Infection Control/Employee Health at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, said this is the time of year when the Hospital begins its campaign to convince employees of the need to get vaccinated against the flu. Signs are being posted around the Hospital and employees are being urged to get shots once they become available in October.
“The best way to keep from getting the flu is to get vaccinated,’’
Savatteri said that the there is no shortage of flu vaccine this year or TAMIFLU, a drug which helps to lessen the severity of flu symptoms if taken immediately after symptoms appear. The Hospital, she said, has already ordered its supply of vaccine and TAMIFLU for flu season. Hospital employees can receive flu shots free of charge through the Hospital’s employee health program starting in October.
That’s when the public should also begin thinking about getting vaccinated, she said.
“Speak to your healthcare provider about the flu vaccine,’’ said Savatteri. The vaccine is widely available this year. October and November are the best times to get a flu shot, but it is never too late.’’
While the Hospital does not provide flu vaccinations for the public, Putnam County’s Health Department does hold clinics. Westchester County’s Health Department does not, but does provide a list of locations – including pharmacies and health clinics – where the flu shot can be obtained on its website at www.westchestergov.com/
Here are some other ways to keep yourself and others healthy during flu season:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizers.
- Clean common use items such as telephones, computer key boards, remote controls devices. Do not share personal items such as drinking cups, towels etc.
- Get plenty of sleep, eat healthy foods, drink plenty of fluids, stay physically active, and manage stress.
For additional information about the Flu you can go to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at:
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