Being proactive in getting a flu shot will decrease the risk of catching the virus and spreading it to others.
Omaha, NE (PRWEB) October 03, 2013
Aureus Medical Group (web: aureusmedical.com), a nationwide leader in medical staffing, including travel nursing, travel therapy, and other healthcare careers, provides information to those working in travel nursing jobs regarding the flu season.
Being proactive in getting a flu shot will decrease the risk of catching the virus and spreading it to others. Those working in travel nursing jobs are also able encourage the wellness of their patients by encouraging them to receive flu shots.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it is difficult to predict the course and outcome of the flu season as many strains cannot be accounted for and vaccinations change from year to year. Therefore, those who receive a flu shot may still be vulnerable to the virus.
Although the flu season doesn't peak until the start of the new year, receiving a vaccination as early as October is encouraged for those who are age 6 months and older. Young children and seniors are at the greatest risk for suffering fatalities due to the flu virus, along with anyone who has chronic health-related issues.
The CDC estimates that there will be between 135 million and 139 million vaccinations produced for the 2013-2014 flu season. Most healthcare facilities provide the vaccine and travel nursing professionals should inquire with colleagues and supervisors to determine if it is available where they are assigned. Pharmacies, clinics, and physician’s offices are other sources.
Anyone who is infected with influenza is at risk for developing bacterial pneumonia, ear and sinus infections and dehydration. Since an estimated 200,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized as a result of the flu, it's important for a travel nurse to act appropriately if ill. Those infected are generally contagious one day before and five to seven days following the onset of symptoms. Staying home from work, school, and errands is important during this time frame.
Additionally, those who have come down with the flu should stay hydrated increasing intake of liquids. Getting enough rest until symptoms subside may also contribute to a speedier recovery.