Community Nursing Services does more than 1,200 mobile clinics every flu season going to schools, communities and businesses. CNS has already been visiting businesses and communities because of an early vaccination date suggestion, end of this month, from the CDC.
What is Flu?
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.
What are the symptoms of the flu?
Fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.
How does the flu spread?
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. A person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.
Was the flu season severe last year?
An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This means it was the deadliest season in more than four decades — since 1976, the date of the first published paper reporting total seasonal flu deaths.
How do I prevent the flu?
Get a flu shot! Flu vaccine has been shown to reduce flu related illnesses and the risk of serious flu complications that can result in hospitalization or even death. Other preventive actions (like staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and frequent hand washing) can help slow the spread of germs.
What does CNS do to help the community with the flu?
We are Utah’s largest provider of on-site flu and vaccination clinics. For over 25 years CNS has been visiting businesses, schools, community fairs and events. We bill insurance and, as a non-profit, are also able to provide no cost vaccine to those who are uninsured and unable to pay.
How do I schedule a flu clinic with CNS?
We invite you, your employer or your community organization to schedule a FREE clinic with us. Call us at (801) 207-8777 or visit www.cns-cares.org.
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