Even with the flu outbreak in full swing in Delaware, it is not too late to get a flu vaccination.
Beebe Medical Center is holding an additional free Flu Clinic, Saturday, January 26, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Bookhammer Outpatient Center at the Beebe Health Campus, 18941 John J. Williams Highway in Rehoboth Beach. Pre-registration is not required. The vaccinations are available for those 18 years of age and older. Just stop by.
According to the Delaware Division of Public Health, everyone should get a flu vaccination. It is especially important that the following groups get vaccinated, either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications, or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications:
2.Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
3.People 50 years of age and older
4.People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
5.People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including: Health care workers, household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu, household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
What to do if you get Influenza:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shares the following advice. Those who become ill with influenza should rest, drink plenty of liquids, avoid using alcohol and tobacco, and take medication to relieve symptoms (Never give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms, especially fever, without consulting a physician). In some cases, physicians may choose to prescribe certain antiviral drugs to treat influenza. Antibiotics do not cure influenza, which is caused by a virus. More information about the flu can be found on the CDC website http://www.cdc.gov/flu/
For more information, please contact Beebe’s Population Health Department at (302) 645-3337.
Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community medical center with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us online at www.beebemed.org