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How States Can Combat COVID While Fighting The Flu

United States of Care Offers Suggestions to States on How To Deal With the Seasonal Flu Amid a Pandemic

(Washington, DC) Today, United States of Care (USofCare) issued a “Preparing for COVID-19 and the Flu,” recommendations to states for dealing with the seasonal flu amid a global public health crisis caused by the novel coronavirus.

“States have a long history of successfully dealing with the flu virus, encouraging vaccines and stopping a widespread flu outbreak,” said Emily Barson, Executive Director of United States of Care. “This year is different, as the nation’s already taxed health care system faces the unprecedented double whammy of influenza and COVID-19. As an organization engaging in one-on-one conversations with people, policymakers, and various health care leaders throughout the pandemic, United States of Care offers a unique view on what people need to know and what states can do to combat COVID-19 while fighting the flu.”

United States of Care’s “Preparing for COVID-19 and the Flu” breaks down how states can prepare for dealing with the flu and COVID-19 simultaneously. It includes the following suggestions:

  1. Communicate Clearly: State leaders need to be clear in their communications about why protective measures, such as mask requirements and closures, are necessary to keep people safe from the flu and COVID-19. States can play a vital role in providing people with clarity about what to do if they are infected with either the flu or COVID-19, as they have similar symptoms
  2. Prepare for Increased Health Care Demand: States need to have contingency plans in place so that health care system resources can be efficiently allocated.
  3. Address the Needs of High-Risk People: States will need to continually rely on the latest COVID-19 metrics and data on the flu’s trajectory, especially for high-risk populations to take additional measures.
  4. Develop Plans to Increase Influenza Vaccination Rates: In a typical flu season, less than 50% of people get vaccinated, and the rate is even lower among people of color. Increasing this rate is essential to minimizing the strain on our health care system. Clear communications are also vital due to people’s ongoing concerns about receiving medical care during the pandemic. States will need to develop plans to distribute flu shots in safe-settings, including at home for vulnerable populations.
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Canine Tips: When to Bring Your Dog to the Vet


Many new dog owners are unsure about how often they should bring their dog to the vet. You should take your dog to the vet when required, if you are unsure, you can speak to the veterinarian and ask them for advice on the subject. Every dog needs access to a safe home, toys, healthy food, exercise and a lot of love and attention. In addition, they require trips to the local vet for health checks, vaccinations and other services.


Physical Health & Dental Checks


Bringing your dog to the vet for general health checks and dental checks is important. An animal cannot tell you when they are sick, so you must have them checked to ensure they are in good health. Dogs are good at hiding their ailments, so if you think something is off, you should have them assessed by a professional.


The vet will perform a general check to see if your dog is physically fit and healthy, tell examine all of the following:


• Ears
• Eyes
• Teeth
• Limbs


Your dog’s dental health is something you must be proactive with; some breeds are more prone to problems than others. If your vet notices any issues, your dog may need to be brought in for treatment. If you’ve no pet insurance, medical treatment for your family pet can be expensive. To avoid getting hit with a huge bill you hadn’t accounted for, take out a policy to cover your dog in the event of an injury or serious illness.


Vaccinations


If you’ve a puppy, they’ll need to get several vaccinations to ensure they are healthy and able to fight certain diseases. The best way to find out about vaccinations is to visit your local vet and ask them for a breakdown of what needs to be done. A vet will be able to give your puppy its first set of vaccinations, they’ll then provide you with a timeline you can follow as your dog gets older.


Injuries & Illnesses


Should your dog suffer an accident that requires medical attention, you should immediately bring them to a medical facility. Remember to keep your local vets contact details close by, so if anything happens, you’ll have the clinics number and the vets after hours emergency number in your phone. If your pet seems lethargic or their behaviour has suddenly changed, it is better to have them checked to rule out any serious illnesses.


As mentioned previously, medical care for your pet is costly. To ensure you get financial compensation for certain types of treatment, purchase pet insurance from a legitimate provider. If something doesn’t seem right, err on the side of caution and have them checked.


If you are unsure about anything when it comes to your family pet, always consult with a professional. They’ll be able to give you the right advice on medical care for your pet. Medical care for your pet can get expensive if they need certain types of treatment, to ensure you are prepared, take out an insurance policy and give your pet the best care available.