The flu season can be scary for almost anyone. Nobody ever wants to get sick. Working individuals may not be able to afford to take time off from work and children do not want to miss too much school. While nobody wants to get sick, there are a group of people that the flu can be harmful to. Seniors, small children, pregnant mothers and even the homeless can be hit by the flu harder than others. It is especially important for these groups of individuals to be vaccinated and to stay healthy during flu season.
In order to reach out to the most vulnerable patients during flu season, community groups should network in order to distribute public health information and immunizations. People with specializations in Health and Human Services working in hospitals, clinics, schools and health departments should work together to reach out to those who would be affected the most during flu season.
It is important that at-risk individuals know about flu clinics. Community organizations and other public facilities need to be informed about where to send seniors, small children, pregnant children and homeless so that they can be informed about the upcoming season and how a flu-shot could be helpful for them. There also needs to be volunteers or people who are willing to assist individuals who need help filling out the necessary paperwork to receive their flu-shots. Some also need help learning about their health insurance (if they have it) or how they will pay for the flu-shot. Most low-income residents, children or seniors can have their shots paid for through Medicaid or Medicare. Local and federal governments offer insurance for those who are unable to pay for healthcare. This insurance can help pay for preventable measures for flu season.
Personal hygiene should be a lesson learned both by children and adult. In schools, public facilities and nursing homes, it is adamant that everyone learn proper hand-washing. After using the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing or before preparing food, hands should also be washed. Individuals also need to be taught to cough and sneeze into a tissue or the crease of their elbow to keep germs from spreading. With proper hygiene, less flu germs can be spread to those who may be more susceptible to them.
During flu season, it is also extremely important to prevent transmission. Nursing and assisted living facilities should keep those that are sick in quarantine to prevent others from getting ill. Homeless shelters should allow people to stay longer so that they don’t spread illnesses from shelter to shelter. Parents should also be advised to keep their children at home when they are sick. Illnesses are often spread in school because parents will send sick children to school because they are unable to miss work or find reliable child-care. It is advisable that anyone who is sick, to stay home. This prevents illnesses from being transmitted.
If local organizations can work together in a community, they can help prevent illnesses from spreading. By keeping sick people quarantined and offering vaccinations to those who are vulnerable, it can keep sicknesses at bay. Everyone must remember to check on the elderly during flu season to make sure they are healthy and getting the necessary vitamins and nutrients too. With everyone working together, we can make our homes and community a healthier place.