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Interview with Marlene Stetson about Fighting the Flu

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Medical Minute - 2:00

Dave Kurten: The 3WZ Medical Minute is brought to you by Mount Nittany Health. Our topic this week: flu prevention. Our guest: Marlene Stetson, infection prevention and control coordinator with Mount Nittany Health. Marlene, with flu season beginning, how can community members fight the flu?

Marlene Stetson: There are several things we can do to fight the flu. The first, and most important, is to get a flu shot. The CDC recommends that everybody that is able receive the flu vaccine each year. This year’s vaccine has been tailored to fight the virus strains that are most likely to cause the most illness during the upcoming season. To get the vaccine, you should schedule an appointment with your primary care physician or visit a local pharmacy.

Dave Kurten: Who should receive the flu vaccine?

Marlene Stetson: The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age or older receive the flu vaccine. The flu is very serious, and the CDC estimates that 5-20% of the U.S. population will develop the flu this year, leading to more than 200,000 hospitalizations and deaths from its related complications. The more people that receive the flu shot, the healthier our communities will be. The flu shot is especially important for some people. Those who are at greater risk for complications from the flu include: young children, pregnant women, and those with certain chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart and lung disease.

Dave Kurten: Are there any preventive actions community members can take to help avoid the spread of germs?

Marlene Stetson: Simply put, clean your hands; wash with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub. That will help prevent the spread of many kinds of germs, including the flu. It’s also important to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough. If you don’t have time to grab a tissue, you can cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper arm – not into your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; that’s how these germs enter your body. Avoid close contact with others when they are sick; and when you are sick, avoid close contact with others.

Dave Kurten: Where can community members get more information on flu prevention?

Marlene Stetson: Visit mountnittany.org for more information.

Dave Kurten: Marlene Stetson has been our guest on this edition of the Medical Minute. Thank you for your time.

Marlene Stetson: Thank you.

Dave Kurten: The 3WZ Medical Minute is brought to you by Mount Nittany Health.


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