FLINT — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services set a “Healthy People 2020” goal that 90 percent of our healthcare workers receive the flu shot to protect our patients.
As we enter the 2018-19 season, Hurley Medical Center is proud to say they have already far exceeded that goal to protect our patients and our community.
At Hurley, the safety and well-being of our patients is at the heart of every decision we make. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that 80,000 Americans died of complications from influenza in the 2017-18 season.
As a result, this flu season Hurley is requiring an annual flu vaccine for all of its healthcare workers and volunteers.
Hurley is committed to protecting the safety and health of our patients, many of whom already have weakened immune systems, as well as our visitors, coworkers and families. Those employees and volunteers who did not receive a flu shot due to health or religious reasons are required to wear a mask in patient care areas and all common areas throughout the hospital during the flu season.
Preventing transmission of the flu continues to make Hurley the safest place for your care and the care of your family. Whether a preterm infant at Hurley Children’s Hospital or an elderly patient visiting the Senior Center of Excellence, they said they will do whatever they can to ensure your health and recovery.— G.G.