By Chris Vinton, Medical Solutions Quality Assurance Specialist
October is one of the best months of the year. Pumpkin Spice season is in full swing, haunted houses are up and running, the holidays are on the horizon, Halloween costumes are being bought for dogs, the weather is comfortable for the most part, and, for some reason, some stores are already playing “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer.”
October also marks the beginning of flu season. Here is what you need to know about the flu, the flu vaccine, and Medical Solutions’ requirements regarding the flu vaccine.
Flu season starts in October and continues until April, though flu activity can last through May. Usually, flu season peaks from December through March. The CDC recommends flu vaccines for anyone over the age of six months — and if you’re reading this, you are either over six months or a very, very impressive baby.
This flu season, the CDC is not recommending the active virus nasal spray. Last season, the nasal spray was nowhere near as effective as the regular flu shot. The flu vaccine will not make you completely immune to the flu, it will help your body build up antibodies and severely reduce the chances of you getting the flu. The vaccine will also not make you sick, the virus will be completely dead by the time it reaches you. If you are allergic to eggs or have had a severe allergic reaction to flu vaccines, gelatin, antibiotics or other ingredients, talk to your primary care physician before considering a flu vaccine.
Medical Solutions requires a flu vaccination for every traveler in October or before starting a travel assignment during flu season. If you are allergic to the flu vaccine or cannot receive the flu vaccine due to religious reasons, we will require a declination form from your primary care physician or a clergy member. We require a flu vaccination for every Traveler because the flu virus effects the entire country and the flu vaccine should help defend you no matter where you travel to. The flu vaccine does take a few weeks to work, your body slowly builds up antibodies. That is why we require the flu vaccine in October or before starting any assignment during flu season. The better protected you are from the flu, the better protected your patients and coworkers will be!
There is a ton of really cool flu information on the CDC website. Everything from the effectiveness of flu vaccines, to the methodology for the flu information and even a Twitter campaign for flu awareness and vaccines.
For the general overview on the CDC’s flu page, click here.
Thanks for doing your part to keep the herd healthy! If you have any questions about Medical Solutions’ flu vaccine requirements, please feel free to contact your Career Consultant.