|What is the flu?|
The flu (influenza) is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by influenza viruses. Every year, seasonal flu viruses cause illness, hospital stays and deaths in the United States.There are many different flu viruses and sometimes a new flu virus emerges to make people sick.
Symptoms (you may have some or all of these):
|Fatigue||Runny / Stuffy nose||Vomiting and Diarrhea|
How Do You Protect Yourself and Loved Ones from the Flu?
The vaccine for the H1N1 virus is included in the seasonal flu vaccine this year! It is recommended for people over 6 months old, including pregnant moms. For further information, please visit: www.flu.gov or www.cdc.gov.
Ways to receive your vaccine* (Source: CDC):
- Flu shot
- Nasal spray
*Ask your doctor which one is best for you.
MHS and NHP members can call their doctor or Member Services at (888) 713-6180 to learn more about where to get the flu shot.
- Will receive 100% coverage for the flu vaccine (no charges apply)!
| 2 – Keep Your Hands Clean!
It sounds simple—but this quick step may be missed. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water.
Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Avoid contact with others when they or you are sick.
Please call NurseWise, if you need medical advice and can’t reach your doctor: (800) 280-2348.
NurseWise is staffed with nurses, and available to assist you everyday, 24-hours a day.
Additional Flu Resources:
- A Fluvention Guide for Parents
- A Fluvention Guide for Families
- Start Smart for Your Health
- Patient Health Education
- Know What To Do About The Flu (www.flu.gov)
- Flu News (American Lung Association)
- Flu is Serious (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Flu vaccinations are also available at the MHS Convenient Care Clinic.