Category Archives: Influenza vaccination

Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs by Michael Osterholm

Join us this Thursday night (23rd) for a presentation featuring the internationally recognized figure Michael Osterholm. Osterholm was a co-author for the book Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs. During the presentation he will be talking about several threats and topics concerning the public such as:

  • the reality and emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria
  • bio terrorism as a certainty
  • the increasing risk of a devastating influenza pandemic

After the event he will be having a book signing event. The presentation will be in Langseth Hall 104 at 7 pm on campus.

 

Winter Sickness Prevention

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You aren’t doomed to get the sniffles or the flu every winter. There are steps and precautions that you can take to keep yourself and the people around you safe.

Prevention:

  • Vaccinate! We cannot stress how important it is for you to get yourself vaccinated. If you don’t want to do it for yourself, do it for those that can’t. In order to prevent the flu from spreading, approximately 85% of the population at a minimum needs to be vaccinated. Get vaccinated for the people that have adverse reactions or conditions that prevent them from helping get that critical mass up.
  • Wash your hands often, making sure to do so before eating or cooking.
  • Sleep in. Not getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night hurts your immune system and makes you more susceptible to infections.
  • GIGO. Garbage in, garbage out. Eat healthy, balanced meals to get the best performance and protection.
  • Exercising. Getting active can actually stimulate the immune system and help build a better defense line.

 

Already sick?

  • ¬†Gargling salt water can help a sore throat and a humidifier may help a stuffed nose
  • Limit your contact with other people. Cover your mouth when you sneeze and cough. Don’t share drinks or food with other people.
  • Drink water. Be hydrated and get your rest. While doing so avoid coffee and alcohol, which will dehydrate you.
  • See a doctor. By starting a treatment early, you can be decreasing the time you will have the cold and lessen symptoms so you can get back at it.

 

 

 

http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm092805.htm

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/herd-immunity.html

http://www.bocatc.org/blog/uncategorized/12-safety-tips-for-the-winter-season-prevent-sickness/

http://www.hercampus.com/health/physical-health/5-ways-avoid-getting-sick-college

 

Flu Vaccination-Give it a Shot!

Flu season is here! It’s that time of year where many people start to consider getting a flu vaccination. Unfortunately, many people will take on the flu season without getting vaccinated. Here are a few reasons why you SHOULD get vaccinated for the flu:

Getting vaccinated will:

  • reduce your risk of getting the flu.
  • lessen the severity of the flu if you happen to get it.
  • protect those who cannot get vaccinated due to age and diseases.

In the past, the flu vaccination was available by injection or nasal mist. However, experts are advising to avoid the mist this season as it has very low effectiveness. This is of very high concern and many distributors are not even selling it and clinics are not ordering it. They recommend to stick with the shot.

This video is of Dr. Barbara Matthees explaining why the MSUM School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership requires the flu vaccination.

Getting vaccinated not only protects yourself, but everyone around you, too. Be proactive and get your flu shot today!

 

Sources:

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/pediatricians-give-thumbs-down-flumist-flu-vaccine-n643461

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/nasalspray.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/general/flu-vaccine-benefits.pdf