The flu season is in full swing right now! No one knows this better than healthcare professionals working in hospitals or clinics. Nurses know this to be especially true because they are the ones who administer the shots to patients. The flu shot is for everyone who is 6 months or older!

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that the seasonal flu activity begins as early as October and can continue till May. In the United States, the flu typically peaks between December to February.

In 2017, the flu vaccine was extremely ineffective against Influenza A (H3N2) and other severe strains of the flu. However, this does not mean you shouldn’t get the flu vaccine!

These are some ways that nurses help fight the flu off:

Nurses Lead By Example: 

All healthcare professionals are recommended to annually get the flu vaccine. The following healthcare professionals who are recommended are:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Nursing Assistants (C.N.As & L.P.Ns)
  • Therapists
  • Emergency medical service personnel
  • Pharmacists
  • Students and trainees and others

While people may think they are too healthy for the flu shot, this is not true. The flu also attacks very healthy people! As a nurse, you can get the flu from patients and coworkers who are sick. If you get the flu, even if you don’t realize it, you can get others sick.

The CDC research shows that 64 percent of healthcare professionals receive the vaccine. However, a closer look at the numbers show the healthcare professionals who get the flu vaccine:

  • Pharmacists 86.7%
  • Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants 85.8%
  • Physicians 82.2%
  • Nurses 81.4%

Nurses Educate Their Patients:

The first thing a nurse does when a patient comes in with questions about the vaccine is to answer all of them. It is important that patients know exactly what risks or positive outcomes can occur with all vaccinations. It is also important that patients know the differences between the cold and the flu. While they have similar symptoms, they are not the same.

The cold will not turn into the flu, and the flu shot does not protect against a common cold. The best method for the common cold is to take over-the-counter medicine and get a lot of rest! These are the 20 best over-the-counter medicines to take when you feel the flu coming on.

These are some of the best:

  • Vitamin C will help to keep your body strong and healthy!
  • A decongestant will help you battle those sniffles and terrible drainage that can occur.
  • Any form of ibuprofen and advil. These are low dose pain relievers that can be taken every 4-6 hours.  

This quiz can help you decipher if you have the a common cold or the flu!

Nurses Help Decrease The Risk of Spreading The Flu: 

Nurses can help you with decreasing the risk of catching the flu or spreading it with easy tips. These tips are make sure to wash your hands, exercise, and eat a balanced diet. However, the best defense against the flu, is the flu shot. This decreases the risk of spreading and getting of the flu.

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