WASHINGTON — Health officials have begun urging Americans to think about getting the flu vaccine for the upcoming 2012-2013 flu season, according to CBS News.
Despite having a mild flu season last year, officials are reminding Americans that the flu is unpredictable and could take a more serious toll on the population this winter, the article stated.
According to the article, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that the official flu season can start as early as October and can run through May.
"I urge everyone to join me and get a flu vaccine this year, when it comes to flu, we can't look to the past to predict the future. Stay healthy — get vaccinated," said Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services, Dr. Howard K. Koh.
Koh called on everyone ages six months and older to follow the CDC's universal recommendation of getting vaccinated each year, the article noted.
This year's flu vaccine consists of one H1N1 strain from last year's vaccine, plus two new strains, and is available as the standard shot that is injected into muscle, nasal spray, a high-dose injection for people 65 and older and a new "Fluzone Intradermal" vaccine with a much smaller needle that is injected into the skin that is recommended for adults 18 to 64 years of age, the article added.
With the flu season immient, it will be important for cleaners, infection preventionists and environmental service workers to be extra vigilent when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Cleaners are the front line when it comes to infection control and can help keep instances of infection down.
Are you getting a flu vaccine this year? Is the vaccine a requirement where you work?