Working Together to Increase Immunization
Health Care Workers Urged to Get the Flu Shot
Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King, is urging health care workers to get their flu shot and stay healthy.
Dr. King joined representatives from Ontario hospitals and long-term care at HealthAchieve, one of the largest and most respected health care events in North America, to kick off a flu immunization awareness campaign aimed at health system employees.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has been working with organizations representing different sections of the health sector that are all committed to increasing flu immunization rates among health care workers. From that work, the awareness campaign "Let's Get Fluless", is being rolled out across the province. It aims to promote the flu shot and protect health care workers, their patients and families from influenza.
Health care workers and all Ontarians can get information about how to protect themselves and others around them from the flu by visiting www.ontario.ca/flu.
- It is estimated that about half of the province’s hospital staff (51 per cent) and three-quarters of long-term care workers (74 per cent) currently receive the flu shot.
- Persons at high risk of serious infection and death are children under five years old, seniors, people with weakened immune systems and individuals with underlying medical conditions.
- The flu vaccine is free and available to everyone, six months of age and older, who lives, works or attends school in Ontario.
- Good hygiene practices such as frequent hand washing, covering all coughs and sneezes, and staying home when you are sick can help reduce the spread of respiratory infections.
“I am calling on all health care workers to get vaccinated against the flu. I truly believe that we can increase our influenza vaccination rates, as well as lessen the burden and spread of the flu in our homes and our health care facilities.”
Dr. Arlene King
“The Ontario Hospital Association promotes best practices related to infection prevention, control and occupational health safety. We know the flu shot is one more way for health care workers to keep themselves and the patients they serve healthy and well.”