When we launched this year’s employee and volunteer flu vaccination campaign on Sept. 23, we invited you to join in the fight against the flu.
The campaign ended on Nov. 22, and the results are in.
Of the 14,139 employees eligible to participate in the campaign, 99.9% of employees complied. That’s not only the largest group of employees we’ve ever had eligible, but the highest percentage in compliance ever!
And of those 14,139 employees, 90.8% were vaccinated—again, breaking a record to become the highest percent vaccinated. That’s a lot of UI Health Care flu fighters.
Why is this so important?
We know that flu season happens every year. We know that between 12,000 and 61,000 people die each year from flu-related complications. Yet, despite these deadly numbers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in the 2017-2018 flu season, only 37.1% of U.S. adults received a flu vaccination. And as vaccination numbers drop, flu cases are increasing.
By getting your flu vaccination, you’re not only helping to keep yourself healthy; you’re providing protection for your patients, coworkers, friends, and family.
Thank you to everyone for their outstanding participation in this year’s campaign.
Haven’t had your fill of flu facts? Remember to follow the steps below this entire flu season to stay healthy, all season long.
- Get vaccinated for influenza.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or the crook of an arm or sleeve, not your hand, when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Wash hands with soap and water frequently—particularly after sneezing—or use an alcohol-based hand gel.