I love Fall. I adore the fire reds and vibrant yellows that paint the leaves on the trees. I love to snuggle up on the couch with a steaming mug of hot chocolate while listening to the soft tap of rain on my windows. I love to pull out my cozy sweaters that have been neglected all winter and I can’t wait to slip my feet into my Uggs that pillow my toes. Ah, Fall. Is there any better time of year?
Okay, so a dreamer thinks all of those above thoughts while a nurse thinks this: Where is my Purell? I think I’ve seen enough mucus to fill a pool. If one more person sneezes and doesn’t cover their mouth, I’m going to scream!
Being a nurse with an RN to BSN degree, flu season is one of the busiest times of the year. But fear not! It seems like we have the perfect vaccine for the strains that are most common this year.
On Nursezone.com, Megan M. Krischke quotes that, “’The good news about this year’s flu season is that the vaccine seems to be perfectly formulated for the strains of flu–the pandemic influenza A [H1N1], seasonal [H3N2] and influenza B–that have been most commonly seen in the Southern Hemisphere. And, what happens in the Southern Hemisphere is typically a good predictor of what will happen in the Northern,’ noted Paul J. Poduska, CIC, M(ASCP), infection control preventionist for Poudre Valley Health System (PVHS) in Fort Collins, Colo.” While we can’t always be sure what the flu season will be like, the prospects are looking up.
“’Nurses and all medical staff should be getting a flu vaccination, not only for their own protection but also for the safety of their patients,’ emphasized Samuel B. Graitcer, M.D., medical epidemiologist for the immunization services division of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”
In years past there was a terrible shortage of the flu shot. Now, that is not the case. Currently there is an overflow, so it is vital that everyone get one to prevent illness. Now is the perfect time before the flu season really takes off.
As a nurse in an online RN to BSN nursing program, it is so important to take care of yourself so you can take care of others. Get your flu shot today!
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