This guest blog is from Joanne Flewwelling, Executive Vice President, Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive
After a summer of record breaking temperatures we’re finally moving into some cooler months. One of the ways I always prepare for the change in seasons is by getting vaccinated against the flu.
Last week, Osler kicked off its annual flu immunization campaign for staff, physicians and volunteers. This year’s theme is Arm Yourself Against the Flu!
Vaccination is a personal choice. There are many reasons why I choose to get vaccinated and just as many reasons why you may not, but the benefits far outweigh the risks. Here are a few flu facts that can help you make the decision to vaccinate:
- The flu vaccine is safe for most people, even though you may experience some mild soreness or swelling where the vaccine was given. Serious reactions are rare.
- Whether you work in a health care setting or not, getting the flu can affect you and the people you care about. Young children and seniors are more prone to serious complications from the flu.
- The flu vaccine is safe for pregnant women who are at a higher risk of developing complications, such as pneumonia, from the flu.
- People living with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes or cancer, have a higher risk of flu-related complications.
- The flu vaccine helps protect you from getting the flu as well as preventing many illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths due to the flu.
I encourage you to do your part in supporting a healthy community at work, at home and beyond. There are plenty of opportunities to get vaccinated against the flu in the community:
- See if your work place offers flu vaccination clinics;
- Attend a flu clinic in your community (Brampton / Etobicoke); or,
- Make an appointment with your family doctor or visit a local pharmacy to get vaccinated.
As health care providers, we have a responsibility to protect not just our patients and families, but our colleagues and ourselves. Show your commitment to patient-inspired health care by getting vaccinated.