As we enter flu season and the fall and winter months, the threat of communicable diseases seems inevitable. The days and nights grow colder and more and more people gather indoors for longer periods of time increasing the chances of catching the flu or COVID. As health care workers you are essential to caring for our community which is why getting a flu vaccine is vital to staying healthy and protecting our friends, family, patients and each other from the flu.
The flu, or influenza, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. Flu is different from a cold and usually comes on suddenly. Each year flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and tens of thousands of deaths in the United States.
Alameda Health System (AHS) requires all employees, contractors, medical staff, students, and volunteers to participate in the flu program. As required by the Alameda County Public Health Department any employee who declines the flu shot must complete a declination form.
AHS’s Employee Health has begun to offer free flu shots throughout the system with additional clinics to be scheduled in the coming weeks. Visit the Employee Health Website for Flu Clinic dates, times and locations. The deadline to get a flu shot is November 15, 2022.
In addition, we are partnering with the Alameda County Public Health Department, to host a free community flu clinic at Alameda Hospital on Saturday, October 29, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., while supplies last. The clinic will be held in the hospital’s parking lot at 2070 Clinton Avenue, Alameda.
Flu Prevention Tips:
- Mask up – Wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth. And keep your distance (at least 6 feet) from others when you can.
- Lather up – Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Sleeve up – Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season.
- You can also protect those around you by staying home if you are sick.