How Medical Assistants Can Prepare For the Flu

Flu season is coming around again, and it is a tough time for every medical facility ranging from hospitals to physicians’ office to even the walk-in clinics and centra cares.

It’s hard to avoid the flu in most cases, and this is due to the fact that it is such a common illness that it makes it way around as easily as the common cold. So what can medical assistants, who are at the front of this disease battle, do in order to not only protect themselves but also keep themselves from getting sick, and providing tips to patients in order to overcome the flu.

Get a Flu Shot

A lot of people swarm clinics before flu season in order to get the latest vaccination against the flu. It’s a preemptive strike so to speak against the flu and it prevents a lot of people from catching it later on. However, if you are a medical assistant just know that you should make some time to get vaccinated yourself. You’ll be working long hours assisting with the vaccination, but try and get it done at a walk-in clinic or local pharmacy store. These places often advertise that they have one minute vaccinations, so take full advantage of it and get it done.

By vaccinating yourself your body will be prepared for the numerous amounts of people who will contract the flu due to not getting their flu shot. The flu is highly contagious to those who didn’t get the shot, and it will only be a matter of time before you yourself come down with it from assisting patients who are sick.

Another way in which a medical assistant can be prepared for flu season is by keeping their immune system up through use of vitamin C, and washing or sanitizing their hands after dealing with every patient.

 

Flu vaccine infographic

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