As the COVID surge ebbs, flu season is on its heels
In August, Asante came together and took care of our community during an unprecedented surge of COVID-19, with volumes reaching 200 patients.
Although COVID numbers are dipping, we are headed into the fall with not knowing what the future holds. The official start of flu season is fast approaching and with it another potential for a “twindemic.”
We know as health care providers that influenza can have serious consequences for our patients, particularly infants, the elderly, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems.
Clinical staff members represent the largest employee population within Asante and are the most vulnerable to getting influenza — and passing it on to others. For this reason, Asante encourages all employees to get immunized before flu season begins.
Employee flu clinics began two weeks ago on all campuses and will continue throughout the fall. If you haven’t yet received your shot, you will have other opportunities to get immunized, including unit rounding by the flu team. You can also get a vaccination and 2021-22 badge ring at an Employee Health office or Asante Pharmacy.
Flu shots and COVID-19 boosters are also available at the Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic from 2 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The CDC has approved getting a booster and flu shot at the same time.
If you cannot or choose not to be vaccinated for the flu, you must submit a medical exemption/declination form by Nov. 30.
Vaccination and masking are only parts of the equation. There are other simple steps you can take to prevent the spread of influenza:
- Clean your hands when entering and leaving a patient’s room — always.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Cover your cough and nose with a tissue or your arm. Batman cough!
- Stay home when ill.
- Clean and disinfect objects you frequently touch, such as pens, stethoscopes or shared equipment.
Flu prevention is a team sport and it starts with our care providers. Look for updates and FAQs on the 2021-2022 Flu Season page, heed flu campaign communications and familiarize yourself with Asante’s Universal Pandemic Precautions policy.
This season, please protect our patients, your loved ones and yourself.
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