Wellness Matters: What do you know about the flu and the flu vaccine?
By Rachel Tuttle Oct 5, 2015
Cold weather is on its way, and we at Wyoming medical Center are getting ready to “kick the flu.”Do you know what we are up against this flu season?
The best offense is a good defense. Here are some flu facts to help protect you.
Did you know …
- The flu shot lasts between four to six months and is the strongest after two to four weeks?
- Pregnant women can and should get a flu shot?
- Wyoming Medical Center offers the flu shot as well as the flu mist for their employees?
- All Wyoming Medical Center Employees are required to receive a flu vaccine? This year's deadline to show proof of vaccination is 5 p.m. Nov. 3, 2015.The employee family flu shot clinic will be at the employee open house at the new Mesa Primary and Immediate Care on Oct. 16. Families can get their vaccinations from 3 to 6 p.m. Click here for more times to get your flu shot and information on the hospital's "Kick the Flu" campaign.
- A sneeze travels at about 100 miles an hour?
- Each year a new flu vaccine is made to protect against three or four viruses that are likely to cause the disease in the upcoming flu season?
- A single sneeze can send 100,000 germs into the air?
- The flu vaccine is recommended for those six months and older?
- October is the best time for Wyoming folks to get their flu shot?
Wellness Matters columns are submitted by the Wyoming Medical Center Employee Wellness Committee, focused on improving the health and wellness of WMC employees and their families. Rachel Tuttle is a registered nurse on our medical unit and is a member of the Wellness Committee. She also has a degree in secondary education with an emphasis in physical education and history and was a teacher for more than five years.