The Importance of Immunization

Influenza (the flu) causes fever, cough, chills, sore throat, headache and muscle aches. People of any age can get the flu. Most people are ill for 1-2 weeks, but some get much sicker and need hospitalization. Pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus and ear infections are three examples of complications from flu. The flu can be fatal, and causes thousands of deaths every year. The flu is caused by a virus that spreads rapidly from person to person by airborne droplets carried in a cough or a sneeze. Under the right conditions, the virus can survive up to 48 hours on nonporous surfaces like a telephone receiver, computer keyboard, doorknob, kitchen countertop, coffee pot handle… and it can incubate in as little as one day. Infected individuals can be contagious for about a day before their symptoms appear, and up to a week afterwards.

Not only does the flu make people sick and miserable, but it hurts our pocket books too. Each year, up to 111 million workdays are lost because of influenza. And this costs American businesses more than $7 billion a year in sick days and lost productivity. Setting up a flu shot clinic can save money for your organization.

Much of the illness and death caused by influenza (flu) can be prevented by a yearly flu shot. Anyone who is over 18 years old can receive a flu shot from New England Nurses.  Even pregnant and breast-feeding women can receive a flu shot.

When you schedule a flu shot clinic with New England Nurses, you are guaranteed adequate quantities of vaccine at preset competitive costs. Our professional, licensed staff will be at your site to deliver vaccinations at prescheduled clinic dates and times that meet your needs. We manage all the details for you with a streamlined registration and paperwork process.

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