Flu-season is fast approaching, and we will soon be sending out information regarding your option to receive the influenza vaccine. Influenza is a respiratory illness that typically is spread through coughing or sneezing. Flu-vaccines are designed to protect against certain strains of influenza A and B virus. Yearly vaccination is recommended by the CDC as the single most important step in preventing influenza. Other important measures are good hand washing and staying away from people that are ill. Please be aware that there is still a possibility of getting the flu, even if you are vaccinated, so if you experience symptoms, it is important to get tested, and antiviral therapy started if indicated. Please sign or decline the consent forms once you receive them and return to us in the mail so that we can begin vaccinating as soon as the vaccines arrive, hopefully in early October. We will also be in touch with you once we receive more guidance from IDPH about a potential COVID-19 booster this fall. Many nursing home residents and staff may be eligible for the booster shot starting the end of September pending FDA approval and recommendations from the CDC Immunization Committee.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the facility and ask for Hayley or Tessa.
Hayley and Tessa
Director of Nursing & Assistant Director of Nursing