Ensuring care for the most vulnerable

Cold and flu season is in full effect in Tennessee, with the CDC reporting hundreds of confirmed cases locally. For many people, catching the cold or flu is simply an inconvenience — Really, who has time to be sick? — For them, the illness is comparatively mild, and they don’t need medical care or antiviral drugs.

Some people, though, are at an increased risk for complications that can lead to hospitalization or even death. The CDC urges everyone to get the flu vaccine to prevent the spread of the flu, but they note it’s especially important for the following groups:

  • Children younger than 5, especially children younger than 2 years old
  • Adults age 65 or older
  • Pregnant women and women up to 2 weeks postpartum
  • Residents of long-term care facilities
  • People with existing medical conditions, such as heart disease or other chronic conditions

While the flu vaccine is the first line of defense, it is not a 100 percent guarantee. Sometimes you’ll still end up getting sick, despite all precautions. When this happens, especially among the most vulnerable groups, timely health care is critical. This can be a challenge, though, for individuals with low incomes or without health insurance. That’s why United Way of Williamson County works to ensure medical care is available when it’s needed, regardless of an individual’s income level, through programs offering primary medical care for adults and children as well as help finding and obtaining health insurance.

UWWC works to support the community’s most vulnerable, including medically fragile children, adults and seniors. To learn more about how UWWC supports the community’s health visit uwwc.org/health/.

Feb 7, 2017 | Health

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