Several states encouraging their citizens to get vaccinated against flu

Several states encouraging their citizens to get vaccinated against flu

From New York to California to Hawaii, across the whole of the USA states are encouraging their people to get a flu shot. Wyoming's Department of Health Director, Dr. Brent Sherard has reiterated that receiving the influenza vaccine is the single most effective thing anybody can do to help prevent becoming ill with the flu and spreading it to other people.

Sherard said:

Last year things were more complicated due to the unique situation with the H1N1 pandemic. This year the message is simple: almost everyone who is older than six months should get a flu vaccine.

Even healthy people can get the flu. Unfortunately, every year influenza leads to hospitalization and even death in some people. A vaccine can help you protect yourself from illness and can help you avoid passing on the flu to other people you care about.

Authorities throughout the country say that vaccine supplies are adequate and currently available in many locations.

Sherard reminded people that flu shots can take several days to become effective. It is not a good idea to wait till people start getting ill before deciding to be immunized.

Apart from getting the vaccine, covering your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue when you cough or sneeze can help stop the spread of the disease. Good hand hygiene and staying at home are also advisable for people who are sick.

The WyVIP (Wyoming Vaccinates Important People) program covers the cost of the vaccine for all children. Authorities said healthcare providers may charge a small administration fee.

Dr. Poonam Alaigh, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services stressed the importance for all health care workers to get vaccinated so that they can protect themselves, patients and the public in general.

Commissioner Alaigh said:

While my Department's main focus is to educate the public on the benefits of getting vaccinated, we need to do more to ensure this message fully penetrates the ranks of health care professionals who we rely on to provide medical care. If health care professionals get sick from the flu, it not only puts their patients, co-workers and families at risk, it creates a stress on the workplace. Therefore, I am encouraging all health care professionals to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):

  • Last year 37% of health care workers got an H1N1 shot and 62% were immunized against seasonal flu. 64% got either one or the other shot, representing a higher-than-usual coverage rate. However, only 35% of health care workers received both shots.
  • 71.7% of those working in hospital settings in intensive care, burn, or obstetric units were vaccinated. In long-term care facilities only 54% of health care workers were immunized.
John Gribbin, President and CEO, CentraState Healthcare System, said:

CentraState created a Flu Vaccination Task Force in 2006 that set a goal to reach a 60 percent vaccination rate for employees in five years. At the time, only one out of three employees was getting a flu shot. Through communication, education, incentive programs and outreach to employees, we surpassed our goal last year, well ahead of schedule, and doubled our numbers. Two out of every three employees received their flu shots. We will continue to set the bar higher and get more employees vaccinated.

Betsy Ryan, President and CEO, New Jersey Hospital Association, said:

About 72 percent of hospital workers received the flu vaccine last year - about double the rate for other adults - but there's still room for improvement. We're urging healthcare workers across the state to roll up their sleeves and get a flu shot - for their own health and the health of their patients and co-workers.

Sources: Departments of Health of Wyoming and New Jersey

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