Our common beliefs and values lead us to trust in God and care for one another. Win this context, we have to opportunity to encourage people to get the flu vaccination by providing factual information about the benefit of the flu vaccine.
Influenza is spread from person to person primarily through inhalation of infected droplets when a person coughs, sneezes, or speaks even before one has symptoms. People can infect others up to seven days after they start feeling ill.
The most common symptoms are fever, cough, body aches and headache, and most people recover without complications. For the vulnerable population, research shows that illness due to the flu can cause hospitalization and death as well as secondary increases in heart attacks and stroke. This is a compelling reason to get a flu shot!
Those who are at high risk of complications from the flu include:
- Young children aged 6 months through 59 months
- Adults over age 50
- People with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease, immune compromising conditions
- Pregnant women
- Nursing home residents
- Caregivers such as healthcare workers and those caring for very young children
One pastor decided to teach handwashing while singing the doxology. Maybe you would like to try it? Wash your hands Sing the Doxology
Remember, it takes two weeks to develop maximum immune response from the flu vaccine. Those over 65 years of age should not delay vaccination to find a particular vaccine, they should be vaccinated with an age-appropriate vaccine that is available. Get the word out. Prevent flu, get vaccinated.
Resources for Flu Vaccination Information
CDC Flu Information
CDC Print Ready Materials
Talking to Patients about Influenza Vaccine
Wash your hands Sing the Doxology
Photo by the CDC for Unsplash
Debbie Ringen supports the Conference vision to make God’s love and justice real through wellness ministry at the Conference and local church level. In addition to providing resources, educational workshops, blogs and networking opportunities, she is...