Flu clinics start next week!

Oct 11, 2018 | News

Sandy Coughlin, OH&S Director, getting her flu shot at SPH.Sandy Coughlin, OH&S Director, getting her flu shot at SPH.

Sharing is caring, but not when it comes to the flu. As the most vaccine-preventable disease, it is important to protect yourself, our patients, and the people you love from the flu and its complications by getting vaccinated. It is especially important to be protected given how easily it can spread from person to person through coughing, sneezing and face-to-face contact.

Providence staff, volunteers, students, and physicians working in patient care areas are required to either obtain a flu vaccination or wear a mask.

If you plan to get the flu vaccination, it is important to get it as soon as possible. It takes about two weeks for your body to build protection against influenza following the vaccination. Getting the vaccination early will make sure you are protected by the time the flu season starts on December 3. The flu shot can help prevent the flu and flu-related complications, and may reduce the severity of your symptoms if you do get the flu.

Self-Reporting

Continuing from last year, PHC requires everyone to self-report regardless of if you choose to obtain the flu vaccine or wear a mask during the flu season.

Flu Clinics

Flu clinics will begin on October 16 and will be held at various PHC locations until November 29. We encourage everyone to obtain their flu shots early in order to ensure they protect themselves before the flu season starts on December 3.

For more information, including on-site clinic dates and how to report, please visit providencehealthcare.org/flu or go to the flu page on PHC Connect.

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