As the daylight wanes and we start to feel that chill in the air, it’s once again time to urge staff and communities to get vaccinated against the flu. WSHA is partnering with the American Hospital Association (AHA) this year for the United Against the Flu campaign, which offers tools and resources you can share with your community to encourage vaccination.
The campaign’s website addresses the most frequently asked questions about the flu and offers numerous toolkits for providers, statistics and even a “flu vaccine finder” that will help people find the nearest location for a flu shot based on zip code. This all leads up to National Influenza Vaccination week Dec. 1-7, where health care organizations across the country — including WSHA — will make a public push for flu vaccinations.
We take vaccinations seriously at WSHA, and last week we held our annual flu clinic at our office in Seattle, offering vaccinations for our staff and their families. This has become somewhat of a tradition for our team, and we’re once again striving for a 90 percent vaccination rate among our staff. We fully expect to hit this goal.
Almost everyone can get vaccinated. We who have the extraordinary privilege of caring for the sickest people know preventing the flu can literally be a life saver for our most vulnerable family members, friends and neighbors. We hope you’ll join us in sharing these great resources and encouraging vaccination.
WSHA President & CEO