Immunize for Better Health

Vaccines give you the power to protect yourself and your family against serious diseases, like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV, and pneumonia. They offer a way to protect our colleagues, communities, customers, and our loved ones.

As an environmentally and socially responsible company, and with many colleagues returning to the office in the coming months, it’s important to foster a safe and healthy workplace and do all we can to reduce the risk of spread and exposure to others in the office. And as children head back to school, now is the time to make sure vaccinations are at the top of your checklist.  If you haven’t done so yet, we highly encourage you to get the COVID-19 vaccination.  It’s safe, it’s effective and can be gotten at no cost.  And as a reminder if you are not feeling well, stay home and do not come into the office.

Use the CDC’s adult vaccine assessment tool to see which vaccines might be right for you.

Additional Resources:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): National Immunization Awareness Month resources, including an interactive vaccine guide, toolkits for parents and up-to-date recommendations.
  • S. Department of Health & Human Services’ vaccine website: vaccine.gov.
Remember to get Your Flu Shot!
Flu season can begin as early as September and last until May. Your best bet is to get a flu shot early in the season so your body has a chance to build up immunity to the virus. It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to protect you. Ideally, the best time to get the shot is in early September and no later than late October.

Onsite Flu Vaccination Clinics
At the HQ and Tufts Denver locations, WU will provide an onsite flu vaccination clinic on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6. More information will be shared in the coming weeks.

5 Reasons It’s Still Important to Get Your Flu Shot

As our country continues to deal with COVID-19, the threat of the pandemic will become more complicated by increasing cases of the flu, making more people ill and putting further strain on the U.S. health care system.

Pediatric epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist Dr. Emily Godbout from Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU offers five crucial reasons everyone should get a flu shot this year.

1. Flu shots help reduce serious respiratory illness. While some people who are vaccinated may still contract influenza, the flu shot typically prevents about 70 out of 100 people who receive it from developing a moderate to severe flu infection. So even though the vaccine might not completely prevent the flu, it can help keep you from getting sick enough that you have to go to the hospital.”Reducing the overall burden of respiratory illnesses is really important to help protect vulnerable populations at risk for severe disease,” said Godbout, “And it also helps lessen the resulting burden on our health care system, which is crucial throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”

2. Flu shots are safe. “The flu shot is very safe and effective at helping prevent severe disease and hospitalization,” Godbout said. The doctor also pointed out that patients will not contract influenza from the vaccine. “The virus is inactivated,” she said, “so it can’t actually cause the flu infection after you get the shot.”

3. Flu shots are updated every year. “The U.S. flu vaccine is reviewed every single year and updated to match circulating flu viruses,” said Godbout. She also said that our antibody response – what helps us fight the virus – can decrease over time, so a yearly dose will help boost the antibody response before the start of the influenza season.

4. Influenza and COVID-19 share some overlapping symptoms. It’s important to know that some symptoms of COVID-19 and influenza are similar. If you have symptoms you are concerned about, it’s best to call your health care provider right away. You may need to be tested for both the flu and COVID-19 to be certain what is causing you to be sick, so your doctor can recommend the best course of treatment.

5. A flu shot protects you throughout the season. Now is a good time to get vaccinated. It takes a couple of weeks for antibodies to develop in your body, but the vaccination will continue to protect you throughout the worst months of the flu season.

 
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