Fort McCoy Occupational Health Clinic, building 1679, will host flu
immunization clinics Tuesday, Nov. 4 and Thursday, Nov. 6 for garrison
civilian employees (Department of Defense). The clinics will run from
8 a.m.-2 p.m. each day, with first-come, first-served.
employees are not eligible to participate in these clinics and should
contact their employers or healthcare providers to get flu
immunization information. Military personnel should contact their unit
administrators or chain of command for flu immunization information.
Stafslien, Fort McCoy Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner, said
everyone can take the three steps recommended to fight the flu.
take time to get the flu vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control
(CDC) and Prevention recommend a yearly flu vaccine as the first and
most important step in protecting against this serious disease.
there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine protects against
the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most
illness during the flu season. The vaccine can protect recipients from
getting sick from these three viruses or it can make an illness milder
if you get a different flu virus.
take everyday preventive actions. Cover your nose and mouth with a
tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash
immediately after use.
your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or
sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective. Try to avoid
close contact with sick people. If you get the flu, CDC officials
recommend that you stay home from work or school and limit contact
with others to keep from infecting them. Avoid touching your eyes,
nose or mouth because this can spread germs.
take flu antiviral drugs if your healthcare provider recommends them.
If you do get the flu, antiviral drugs are an important treatment
option, however, they are not a substitute for vaccinations.
drugs are prescription medication (pills, liquid, or an inhaler) that
fight the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body.
drugs can make an illness milder and make you feel better faster. They
also may prevent serious flu complications. This is especially
important for people at high risk, such as the elderly, children or
people with compromised immune systems, such as those with chronic
treatment, antiviral drugs work best if started within two days after
getting sick. Flu symptoms include high fever, headache, extreme
tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and muscle
best treatment is to take action and protect yourself and your loved
ones from the flu, Stafslien said. More information also is available
at the CDC Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/flu.
more information about flu vaccinations for civilian employees and
other health topics, civilian personnel in the Fort McCoy community
can call Occupational Health at (608) 388-2414/3209.
by Fort McCoy Occupational Health Office.)