OK, maybe that title’s a little misleading. This look forward is less of an “oooh, we’re so excited” and more of a “let’s be sure our practice is ready”.
We’ll cover this more in-depth in an upcoming Blog post, but for now there’s a big question you should be asking yourself – “How am I planning to communicate with patients about the importance of a flu vaccine?” Do you have the tools in place to reach out to every patient and educate them about the need for their flu vaccination?
Beyond the vaccine itself, are they aware of the other healthy day-to-day habits that can help prevent the spread of flu? The CDC lists many preventive actions to help fight the flu, including:
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you (or your child) stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
- If an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs, follow public health advice. This may include information about how to increase distance between people and other measures.
Are you prepared to deliver these important communications? Click HERE for ideas on making sure patients receive important wellness and preventive messages.