Flu Prevention Tips After National Flu Report Shows Sharp Increase
Native-owned Influenza Vaccine Supplier Encourages Indian Country to Prevent the Spread of the Serious Contagious Respiratory Illness
Albuquerque, NM – January 30, 2018 – The Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that high influenza activity remains in 39 states.
NativeVet Materiel, a Native American-owned company (New Mexico Board of Pharmacy License Number WD00012178) that supplies the influenza vaccine to Indian Health Service clinics and hospitals and 638-health centers, reinforced the following tips shared by the Indian Health Service:
Get vaccinated every year. The influenza virus changes from year-to-year, so it is important to get the vaccination on an annual basis. Vaccination against the flu is especially important for American Indians and Alaska Natives who have been found to be at high risk of developing complications from the flu.
Call to confirm availability of the flu vaccine at your clinic. Daniel Lucario of NativeVet Materiel says resources like vaccinefinder.org can help patients easily search for locations where they can get an influenza vaccine. “Call ahead of time to confirm the facility still has a supply of the influenza vaccine because supplies can run short as statewide influenza activity rises,” Lucario says.
Wash your hands often. Wash your hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer when you don’t have access to soap and water. Be vigilant about hand cleanliness, especially during and after visits to public places, like public restrooms, schools, churches, doctors’ offices, and so forth.
Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes. Your hands may have picked up the influenza virus or other germs from the door handle, restroom faucet, or other surface. Even if you have washed your hands, make a conscious effort to avoid touching your face.
Remember, it is not too late to prevent the spread of the illness. Even at the height of influenza activity in your state or region, influenza vaccines are still being administered – and are still helpful in the prevention of the respiratory illness.
For health centers, prepare for 2018/2019 influenza activity now. According to Lucario, “We offer a vendor buy-back program through our supply partner, McKesson. This means we will buy back any unused influenza vaccines for orders placed by the end of March 2018. This ensures our IHS customers have sufficient supply levels of the vaccine without risking a supply shortfall for the upcoming year. Everyone who needs a flu shot, should be able to access it at their local clinic.”
According to the Indian Health Service, studies have shown that people who get vaccinated will have fewer flu illnesses and doctors' visits and miss less work due to influenza. Vaccination also reduces the risk of flu-related hospitalizations.
About NativeVet Materiel, LLC: NativeVet Materiel, LLC is a Native American-owned provider of products and supplies supporting Indian Country. The NativeVet New Mexico Board of Pharmacy License Number is WD00012178. To learn more about NativeV
et Materiel, visit www.nativevet.com.