The flu is an extremely contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza A or B viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness and attacks the body by spreading through the upper and/or lower respiratory tract. Flu season can extend well into the spring months. Immunization is the best protection against influenza and VNA of Care New England is here to help.
VNA of Care New England – Your Community Health Partner
When you choose VNA of Care New England as your flu shot provider, you are supporting the ongoing provision of wellness activities in your community. Several public flu clinics are held each year throughout Rhode Island.
For the 2012-2013 flu season, there are no additional clinics scheduled, however, if you would still like to receive a flu shot, walk-in shots are available at the VNA of Care New England office, 51 Health Lane in Warwick, Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 5:00 pm.
Immunization a Powerful Weapon
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious complications, hospitalization, or even death. Anyone can get the flu, and vaccination is the single best way to protect against influenza. Even healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu and spread it to family and friends.
The single best way to protect against the flu virus is to get vaccinated each year. The flu shot is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a small needle, usually in the arm. You cannot get the flu from a flu shot. The flu shot is approved by the FDA for use in people older than 6 months, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions.
fever or feeling feverish/chills – not everyone with the flu will have a fever
coughing and/or sore throat
runny or stuffy nose
some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, although this is more common in children than adults
If you suspect that you have the flu, talk to your physician as soon as possible about antiviral medications. If you have been diagnosed with flu, you should stay home, follow your doctor’s orders, and watch for signs that you need immediate medical attention.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever (100°F or 37.8°C) is gone except to get medical care or for other things you have to do and no one else can do for you.
Avoid close contact with others, especially those who might easily get the flu, such as people age 65 years and older, people of any age with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women, young children, and infants.
Clean hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub often, especially after using tissues or coughing/sneezing into your hands.
Cover coughs and sneezes.
Drink clear fluids such as water, broth, sports drinks, or electrolyte beverages made for infants to prevent becoming dehydrated.
Get plenty of rest.
Get medical attention right away if you:
Have difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Experience pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
Have sudden dizziness
Have severe or persistent vomiting
Experience flu–like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated against the flu as soon as the 2012-2013 season vaccine is available. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.