You are probably like me and hate to get shots. I always had the misperception that the people who gave the shot enjoyed the power they had for the brief moment. Now I know this perception isn’t accurate, but the process of anticipating the discomfort is far worse than the actual discomfort. In reality, getting a flu shot is one of the easiest things you can do to stay healthy. Equally important, avoiding the flu reduces the chance of your loved ones and co-workers getting sick.
The shot is intended to cover the three most probable influenza strains each year. The Center for Disease Control guidelines strongly recommend it for the young, those over 50, those with chronic conditions and healthcare workers. This doesn’t mean other people shouldn’t seriously consider it. This brings me to a point. I am proud of both Reston Hospital Center and all of the HCA hospitals across the country for taking a strong stance for our workforce. We think reducing our patients’ chance of getting a hospital acquired infection is incredibly important. Our hospital acquired infection rates are substantially below the national average and one of the ways that we do that is by requiring all of our employees to have the flu shot, or to wear a protective face mask in patient care areas. This is an easy way that we can ensure that our team is focused on the healing process. Preventing the flu amongst our workforce also ensures that we have the whole team on the job and ready to care for our patients. If you haven’t had your flu shot, take a few minutes out of your day and get it done. It can and will make a difference to you and your family.