Have you been vaccinated with the 2012-2013 influenza vaccine? For our patients, chances are is yes you have been. Some patients may choose not to, which is okay, however we strongly urge patients to get vaccinated, and this is why.
The Influenza virus occurs seasonally, from about October to May, while peaking January and February (cdc.gov). This virus is contagious, and can be spread through coughing, sneezing, or nasal secretions. Typical infections usually last a few days and may be worse in children. Symptoms include coughing, sore throat, fever, chills, headache, fatigue, body or muscle aches, and runny or stuffy nose. It is suggested that all people over the age of 6 months be vaccinated.
We are currently offering the flu vaccine to current patients of our clinic. If you are not a patient but are interested in becoming one, please reveiw our “New Patient Information” and our “New Patient Document” pages, or contact us for more information. We suggest calling to make an appointment for the vaccine. If we are unavailable to you at your convenince, local pharmacies are also offering the flu vaccine. Call your neighborhood pharmacy directly to see if they are offering vaccines at their location.
Some additional preventative measures include:
- Washing your hands with soap and warm water constently, as well as using alcohol based antibacterial hand sanitizers
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
- Clean frequent and publically used surfaces with antiviral wipes.
- Drink plently of clear liquids to stay hydrated
- Get Vaccinated!
For more information, visit:
- Center for Disease Control (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-flu.pdf
- Hawaii Department of Health: