Flu Prevention


JOIN OUR FLU FIGHTING TEAM

Getting a flu shot not only helps protect you from influenza, it also helps protect our patients and your family and friends. Together, we can stop the spread of flu.

Don’t wait—get a flu vaccine today! Remember to always follow good hand hygiene.

FREE flu clinics kick off Monday, October 8

Flu shots are also available at Employee Health Services (during weekday hours) and some clinical units

FREE
for all employees
FAST
vaccines available system-wide
SAFE
millions vaccinated each year
SMART
prevents thousands of hospitalizations annually

FLU MYTH BUSTERS

“If I don’t feel sick, I don’t have to worry about flu.”
MYTH
You can spread the flu even if you don’t feel sick.
Some people who catch the flu get no symptoms or very mild symptoms. You can also spread the flu up to 24 hours before you get symptoms.
“I cannot get the flu shot because I have an egg allergy.”
MYTH
You can get the flu vaccine even if you are allergic to eggs.
The recommendations from the CDC support getting the flu vaccine even if someone has an allergy to eggs.
“The flu vaccine isn’t effective, so why should I bother getting it?”
MYTH
Getting the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from the flu.
The vaccine covers several different strains of influenza. Antibodies that your body produces in response to the vaccine can help fight against any flu strain, even if the vaccine is not a perfect match.
“I shouldn’t get the flu vaccine because I am pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant.”
MYTH
The flu vaccine is recommended during pregnancy by both the CDC and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
“I really don’t need to get the flu shot because I’ve never had the flu before. I never get sick.”
MYTH
The flu vaccine is recommended for EVERYONE 6 months and older.
The flu vaccine is recommended for EVERYONE 6 months and older regardless if you have ever had the flu before. The flu is contagious and easily spread between people.
“Last year I got the flu from the flu shot.”
MYTH
You cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine.
As with all vaccinations, you may have minor reactions to the flu vaccine. These minor reactions include soreness at injection site, hoarseness, sore/red itchy eyes, cough, fever, aches, and/or fatigue.
You also might have been infected with the virus before you had the chance to build antibodies. Remember it takes about 2 weeks after vaccination.
But the shot did NOT give you flu!