Flu Prevention


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

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


“If I don’t feel sick, I don’t have to worry about flu.”
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.”
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?”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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!