The CMS Quality Conference is all about convening health quality stakeholders to discuss important clinical topics like improving influenza immunization rates. Yet large gatherings of people can themselves be breeding grounds for respiratory and flu viruses.
People with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease or lung disease, and people age 65 and older are among those who are at high risk of serious flu complications. Medicare Part B provides coverage of one flu shot per flu season without any out-of-pocket costs to the patient.
In addition to flu shots, handwashing is one of the easiest methods to prevent infections and stay healthy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), handwashing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub can prevent one in three diarrhea-related sicknesses and one in five respiratory infections.
Following are some additional tips from the CDC, which can help you keep yourself and others well at the CMS Quality Conference:
- Stay home (or in your hotel room) if you’re sick.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue, your sleeve or elbow when you cough or sneeze, and wash or sanitize your hands afterward.
- Try not to touch surfaces and objects that are used and shared often.
- Limit actions like shaking hands, hugging and kissing event attendees.