Here are some flu-related stats for you:
- The average person spends $250 to $1,000 on recovering from the flu.
- Nearly 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu related complications.
- It is estimated that 70 million work days were missed last year due to the flu.
However, the average flu vaccine costs just $35. The lesson? Don’t be a statistic this flu season; get your flu vaccine.
Sioux Falls medical assistant students were on the bandwagon to assist with flu clinics at the Avera Harrisburg Clinic, Sanford Pediatric Clinic and Globe University. Being able to practice skills provide real life experiences that help students when they start their medical assisting careers.
Students shared their experiences during class and discussed how different it was to actually interact with patients rather than their fellow classmates.
The flu vaccine protects against three different flu strains that have been targeted by the CDC. Each year the vaccine changes depending upon the strains identified by year-round surveillance. Once vaccinated, it takes two weeks for the vaccine to take effect. The best time to get vaccinated is when the flu vaccine comes out to provide protection, not only for the patient but for those around them as well. Flu season generally starts around January and February but can start earlier and end later
Flu symptoms include:
- A 100oF or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
- A cough and/or sore throat
- A runny or stuffy nose
- Headaches and/or body aches
- Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)
The best thing for you, your family and those around you is the get vaccinated now!
If you would like more information regarding the flu vaccine, go to the Center for Disease website at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/index.htm.
Submitted by Amy Zobel, Medical Program Chair, Globe University-Sioux Falls