November 10, 2022

Prevent the spread: The importance of getting your flu shot

As a reminder, VUMC faculty and staff are required to meet compliance requirements for flu vaccination by Friday, Nov. 18. Help stop the spread of the flu and protect yourself and others this season.

Flu season is here and it’s important to get a flu vaccination to reduce your risk of getting and spreading the flu to others. Getting a flu shot helps protect those around you who may be vulnerable to becoming very sick. Patients who visit our hospitals, clinics, and facilities range in age and levels of risk. Some patients come in for a minor illness while others visit for treatments that make them more vulnerable to having a severe case of the flu.

“Flu is a respiratory illness that impacts millions of Americans each year. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, especially among young children, adults 65 years and older, and adults living with a chronic health condition,” said Lori Rolando, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Director of the Occupational Health Clinic.  “In addition to preventing infection for yourself, you are also reducing the risk of spreading it to others that are more susceptible to illness.”

Protecting yourself and others against the flu is vital and the Occupational Health Clinic makes it easy for you to obtain your flu shot.