Health & Safety

February 1, 2013

Flu Season: What you need to know

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Kenna Jackson

If you have ever had the flu, you know it can knock you out – with members of your family, friends, and co-workers not far behind.

Today, it’s more important than ever to get your facts straight about the flu – and the vaccines available to prevent it.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly seasonal flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against seasonal flu. The 2012-2013 seasonal flu vaccine was made from three different viruses.

The vaccine available today protects against the seasonal flu viruses as well as the 2009 H1N1 strain and the new H3N2 strain. All uniformed personnel of the U.S. Armed Forces have a mandatory obligation to receive the vaccine every year, unless they are medically unable to receive it. It is highly recommended for all other individuals.

Even though vaccination is not 100% guaranteed in preventing the flu, it will significantly help the body’s ability to fight back. In addition to vaccination there are everyday preventive methods for minimizing the spread of the flu.

1. Frequent hand washing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of the flu and other infections. You may use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

2. Covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing. To prevent the contamination of hands you may use a single-use napkin or the inner crook of your elbow.

3. Avoid crowded areas to help prevent the spread of the virus. The flu is easily spread in congregated areas. By reducing exposure to crowded areas you may be able to avoid getting infected.

You can still get vaccinated with either a flu shot (for people six months and older) or a nasal spray vaccine (for healthy people 2 years through 49 years of age who are not pregnant) at the Main Clinic (Bldg. 5525) or the Flight Surgeons Office (Bldg. 3925). It’s important to realize the vaccine does not give you the flu. The flu shot contains inactivated (killed) viruses, and the nasal spray contains attenuated (weakened) viruses neither of which can cause the flu.

Stay healthy by following the CDC recommended three-step approach: Vaccination, everyday preventive methods and seeking prompt medical attention at the onset of symptoms!

 

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
flu

Flu season: What you need to know

Flu is officially upon us. If you have ever had the flu, you know it can knock you out ó with members of your family, friends and co-workers not far behind. Today, it’s more important than ever to get your facts straight...
 
 
driving-safety

Driving safely on snow or icy roads

Unless you’re traveling through the mountains of Southern California in the winter, driving in the snow doesn’t occur very often. First off, don’t assume your vehicle can handle any road condition. Even four-w...
 
 

Thinking about urgent care? The Nurse Advice Line Can Help

When an urgent health problem arises, it is hard to know whether you should try to tough it out or seek medical care. Luckily, TRICARE beneficiaries can call the Nurse Advice Line to get advice on their health care questions. Not all health problems require a visit with a medical specialist but a Registered Nurse...
 

 

AADD offers safe, free, anonymous alternative to drunk driving

Edwards cares about the safety of its Airmen both on and off duty. The Airman Against Drunk Driving program reduces drunk driving at Edwards AFB and in surrounding communities by offering people a safe, free, and anonymous alternative. Safe rides are offered to both military and†DOD civilians. Individuals can call 661-277-AADD or 661-275-AADD to request...
 
 

AF authorizes medical benefits for some separatees

Air Force senior leaders announced adjustments to benefits for Airmen separated under the fiscal year 2014 Voluntary Separation Pay program Oct. 31. Based on inconsistent issuance and confusion with transitional medical benefits for Airmen separating under the VSP program, the Air Force requested clarification from the Office of the Secretary of Defense General Counsel. A...
 
 

Eagle Eyes promotes community’s involvement in security

Security forces defend the base, but everyone can help ensure Edwards Air Force Base is safe and sound through the Air Force Office of Special Investigations Eagle Eyes program. Law enforcement officers rely on the eyes and ears of the entire community. If Airmen or citizens notice anything out of the norm or suspicious, either...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>