As the Influenza Season begins to ramp up, Ministry Health Care is reminding the public about the importance of receiving the influenza vaccination.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone over the age of six months receives the vaccination each year.
Dr. Stewart Watson, president of Ministry Medical Group says, “With the start of the flu season upon us, it is vitally important that everyone who is able to get the flu vaccine takes the time to receive it.” He continued by saying, “We know that the best way to stop the spread of the influenza virus is by vaccinating as many people as possible.”
Ministry Health Care puts such a high importance on vaccinations that physicians, employees and volunteers working at a Ministry facility are required to receive the influenza vaccine. Since the beginning of December, those who could not or chose not to receive the vaccine are asked to wear a mask when in contact with patients, visitors and co-workers. All employees with flu symptoms will be asked to stay home while symptoms persist.