Nov. 17, 2006
Not too late to vaccinate
The final drive is on to protect the health of UPMC staff members this flu season.
This fall UPMC has encouraged staff to get flu vaccinations to protect themselves, loved ones at home, patients, and co-workers from the flu virus. That message has resonated strongly, and many have rolled up their sleeves for the free inoculation.
To build on that momentum, UPMC will observe National Influenza Vaccination Week, which will be held Monday, Nov. 27, through Sunday, Dec. 3.
The purpose of the event, which will be observed nationally by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Influenza Vaccine Summit, is to raise awareness of influenza vaccination recommendations and the importance of continuing vaccination efforts throughout November and beyond. Vaccination at this time and in December can still be helpful. The flu season often peaks in mid-January.
Information about flu clinics is posted on UPMC Infonet. Staff also may obtain free flu inoculations at the Employee Health Office on their campus. A list of Employee Health locations also is available at http://flu.infonet.upmc.com.