Fight the Flu with the Facts
Flu season is upon us. For health ministries, offering flu shots is an opportunity to safeguard children, older and vulnerable adults. The vaccine can be a lifesaver for people who struggle with asthma, diabetes and heart disease; it can prevent complications otherwise aggravated by the flu.
Dr. Daniel Jernigan, deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Influenza Division, announced that this year's vaccine contains strains for influenza A and B viruses, in addition to last year’s strains.
Here’s what you should know about the 2012-2013 flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site, which contains facts, comprehensive resources and information.
Misconceptions about the flu are as plentiful as the germs that fuel it. Health Ministers play an important role in spreading the facts and empowering the community. Consider these flu myth busters.
On the lighter side, fun flu-related information exists online to share with your community. Perhaps families and children will gravitate toward sites like FluFacts to stay healthy this winter. The site attacks all aspects of the flu, from prevention (#1 tactic: wash your hands!) to identifying symptoms, tracking flu levels in your area and even medications that could prove helpful. A mobile app is available to provide access to information wherever you are.
How are you addressing the flu in your health ministry? What other resources do you use to help others?
Terra Hoskins contributes to the NEHM and NEAC blog on a freelance basis. Drawing from her background in sales, communications and Internet marketing, she helps organizations create an online presence and use the Internet to expand business. Follow Terra on her blog: http://terrahoskins.com/ and on Twitter: @terrahoskins.
* Photo by Daniel Paquet.