Healthcare Workers and the Flu Vaccine

If you work in the healthcare field, you may frequently encourage your patients to get their annual flu vaccine. A flu shot isn’t required, but recommended for all adults and children. The flu tends to peak when temperatures drop in the winter months, and being sick with the flu triggers a host of symptoms. But while doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers may preach the importance of a flu vaccine, some might neglect to get a shot themselves.

Even if you take vitamins and have a strong immune system, it’s only smart to protect yourself from the flu. You come in contact with hundreds of patients on a monthly basis, and a percentage of these people may have the flu virus. Getting your flu vaccine not only protects you and your family, but if a patient asks whether you received a vaccination, you can be truthful and answer with confidence. Set a good example and your patients will follow your lead.

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