Flu season is here. The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan has joined MDHHS and the CDC in encouraging everyone to get a flu shot. Influenza is a contagious illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. Symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, chills and body aches. Severe flu cases can result in complications leading to hospitalization or death. Doctors recommend flu shots for anyone over six months old. Getting a flu shot every year keeps you healthier, as the vaccine helps us build up defenses in our bodies to protect us from the flu. So, roll up your sleeve and get your flu shot as soon as you can. To find out more and see where to get a flu shot, visit nkfm.org/influenza.
The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is committed to the health and safety of those we serve in order to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it. Part of this commitment includes stopping the spread of COVID-19. Individuals with chronic kidney disease are at a higher risk of having severe complications from COVID-19 and COVID-19 can lead to acute kidney injury and reduced kidney function. We strongly recommend all eligible individuals receive a COVID-19 vaccine and booster to protect themselves and their community.
Why getting vaccinated is important - Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is the most effective and safest way to protect yourself, your family, and your community. The vaccines can keep you from getting and spreading the virus and can keep you from getting seriously ill if you do get COVID-19.
COVID Protection Recommendations
Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Boosters are an essential part of protecting yourself from getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19. They are recommended for most people.
Get tested if you have symptoms. Free COVID tests are back – People can go online and order up to four COVID tests per household.
Wear a mask if you have symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19.
You may choose to wear a mask at any time as an additional precaution to protect yourself and others.
If you are at high risk for severe illness, consider wearing a mask indoors in public and taking additional precautions.