As health care workers, St. Joseph's recognizes that it is our duty to do no harm and our responsibility to protect our patients, co-workers, family and community from the spread of influenza. Getting the influenza vaccination is one way we protect the vulnerable people that we serve.
We have worked diligently to provide our staff and physicians with the opportunity to be vaccinated through clinics held here at St. Joseph's. We have also been providing education materials, evidence-based facts and open dialogue to dispel any misconceptions and myths. We have been stressing the seriousness of influenza and encouraging staff to get their vaccination before an outbreak occurs.
You can help prevent the spread of influenza by ensuring that you and your family receive the influenza vaccine yearly. Hand washing is another important measure in preventing the spread of viruses. Download a copy of the the influenza patient and visitor guide.
Visitors can help protect reduce the spread of influenza and protect vulnerable patients by:
- not visiting if feeling unwell
- getting the flu shot
- washing hands with hand sanitizer:
- before entering the hospital, the care unit, the patient’s room
- when leaving patient’s room and the hospital
- after coughing, sneezing or blowing nose
- coughing or sneezing into sleeve
- following these steps when visiting a patient in isolation:
- not going to other areas of the hospital
- wearing mask, eye protection, gloves and gown
Separate the myths from the facts about flu vaccinations
- Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
- Fever (low grade)
- Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick form the flu.
- Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization, including among children and older adults.Older people with weaker immune systems often have a lower protective immune response after flu vaccination compared to younger, healthier people. This can result in lower vaccine effectiveness in these people.
- Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions.
- Vaccination was associated with lower rates of some cardiac events among people with heart disease, especially among those who had had a cardiac event in the past year.
- Flu vaccination also has been shown to be associated with reduced hospitalizations among people with diabetes and chronic lung disease
- Vaccination helps protect women during and after pregnancy. Getting vaccinated can also protect a baby after birth from flu. (Mom passes antibodies onto the developing baby during her pregnancy.)
- Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick.
- Getting vaccinated yourself also protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.
- The vaccine made to protect you from the circulating flu virus strains one year may not protect against the virus strains circulating the next year,which is why the fluvaccine is updated yearly.
- You can get the flu more than once duringyour lifetime.
- Protection (immunity) from the previousyear’s flu vaccinemaywane over6to12months and no longer be effective the next year.
- Review our patient and visitor guide to preventing the spread of influenza
Get a flu shot (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care)