We’re protected, so you’re protected!

I have to tell you.  We don’t mess around with the flu!  We know how life-threatening it can be for small children and kids with any kind of chronic medical condition.  Every winter our Emergency Department and patient floors are filled with children impacted by seasonal flu.  That’s why we require every employee (all 9,000 of us) to be vaccinated – I’m serious – every employee.  If you work here and don’t receive your vaccination you are not eligible to your annual pay increase or merit pay – now that’s serious!  We were one of the first children’s hospitals in the country to initiate such strict standards.

There are lots of ways to prevent getting the flu but getting vaccinated is the best way to protect your children, yourself and everyone around you.  So don’t be chicken – it take seconds for the shot or (for you needle-phobes) the nasal mist.  This year I decided to go for the shot – as you can see from this picture it was painless thanks to the expert needle skills of Peggy Baker from our Employee Health Service (thank you Peggy).

When I was getting my shot I asked Peggy what’s the biggest myth people have about flu vaccine. She said that people thought they could catch the flu from the vaccine which is not possible because of the way the vaccines are manufactured.

There are many great questions people have about the flu and vaccines.  That’s why we set up an entire flu resource center on our website.  The site features frequently asked questions and great flu advice from our “master of the flu,” Dr. Dennis Cunningham .  Dr Dennis is the physician director for Epidemiology and Infection Control at Nationwide Children’s. More importantly, he is a dad to two young children so he cares deeply about this issue both personally and professionally.

Check out the website but feel free to write me here if you have additional questions.

By the way – what is the best part about getting a flu shot a Nationwide Children’s?  The Circus Bandaids of course!!  Stay healthy this flu season and protect the people you love – get vaccinated!

Donna Teach
Donna Teach is Chief Marketing & Communication Officer at Nationwide Children's. Her job is to help the hospital feel "connected" – Connected to each other, connected to our patients and their families, referring physicians, the community and the world.

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