Watertown Hospitals Chief Nursing Officer Encouraging Flu Vaccinations

(Watertown) The chief nursing officer at Watertown Regional Medical Center is encouraging vaccinations this upcoming flu season. Patricia Gedemer says anyone came come down with the flu but individuals with a greater risk of developing flu-related complications include children younger than five years of age, adults 65 and older and pregnant woman. People also at risk include residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities and those with underlying medical conditions. Gedemer says given the challenges of the novel coronavirus, it has never been more important to be proactive about your health. She says flu vaccinations is the single best way to protect oneself from the virus, noting it is still possible to contract the flu but it is much less likely. The CDC recommends annual flu vaccinations every six months. Gedemer says other recommendations to beating the flu include washing your hands regularly, avoid touching the face area, disinfecting commonly touched areas in the home as well as staying home when exhibiting symptoms of the flu.