Flu season is among us. September and October are the most common months to get the flu vaccine. Some like to get the vaccine early. Just make sure to get it by the end of October for the best coverage. Flu symptoms and COVID-19 symptoms are similar making it difficult to tell the difference.  Fever, chills, sore throat, body aches are common side effects of both. The antiviral medications to treat the flu will not treat COVID should you contract flu. Just a little side note, you can receive both vaccines at the same time if you have not received the COVID-19 vaccine yet. 

October 15th is Global Handwashing Day. Handwashing is another way to prevent the spread of flu and COVID infection. Times when we should wash our hands include when preparing food, eating food, when caring for someone, when treating a wound, after using the toilet or changing a diaper, blowing your nose coughing or sneezing, touching garbage. This list could be endless. Sometimes, a sink is not available and hand sanitizer is okay. If your hands are visibly soiled, try to find a sink.

Stay Safe!

Valerie Canby

RN Director