Winter is Coming
… and it’s time for all of us to roll up our sleeves and take a shot for the team – yes, the flu vaccine is once again making its way to the Iridia office where we make arrangements to host a clinic and offer flu vaccinations for our employees.
The flu vaccine is the most effective way to protect against and stop the spread of seasonal influenza.
Iridia highly recommends immunizations for all, but especially for those in high-risk groups. High-risk groups include: seniors, people with chronic health conditions (especially heart or lung conditions), aboriginal people, or those with compromised immune systems.
The influenza vaccine is extremely safe, very effective and helps to prevent infection in healthy adults by up to 80 percent.
How Does the Flu Vaccine Work?
- The vaccine contains antigens: harmless substances (such as dead bacteria or molecules) associated with the disease.
- The body thinks the antigens are the disease itself, and its immune system starts creating antibodies: proteins that can hone in on that disease’s bacteria or viruses.
- Now the immune system knows how to create antibodies against the disease. And if that disease attacks your body, your immune system is ready to fight it off.
Other Key Information
- Influenza causes the most deaths among vaccine-preventable diseases
- In addition to being a quality and safety issue, improved influenza vaccination coverage helps to reduce rates of employee illness
- Flu shots are traditionally available around Thanksgiving each year.
- Flu season typically runs from late November/early December through to the end of March.
- B.C. is the first jurisdiction in Canada to implement mandatory vaccinations for health care workers
Iridia is here to enable peace of mind – so once again, please help us by spreading the word and remember it’s much easier and more cost-effective to prevent a disease than to treat it. That’s exactly what immunizations aim to do.