Infection Control at Cottage Health System


Cottage is committed to protecting you from the spread of flu

 

This year 94% of Cottage Health System employees – and 98.5% of the medical staff – have received a flu vaccination, doing their part fo help prevent the spread of influenza. It’s a dramatic increase from the 69% vaccination rate seen at Cottage last year.

 

In an average year, influenza infects nearly 10% of the US population and results in more than 200,000 hospitalizations.

 

While most people who get the flu recover at home in less than two weeks, influenza can lead to a variety of other health complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis, ear and sinus infection and even sepsis.

 

The flu is a highly contagious viral respiratory infection. People can spread the virus even before symptoms begin, so it’s important to be diligent about practicing good hand hygiene and not spreading germs through droplets in coughs and sneezes. Getting vaccinated is the best defense against the flu.

Resources

Infection Control at Cottage

Influenza

InDepth: Colds & Flu

www.flu.gov

CDC: Seasonal Flu

 

To better protect our patients, those who may be most vulnerable to the flu, and to provide the safest environment possible for both patients and staff, all Cottage Health System employees receive a flu vaccination or wear a protective mask during flu season. Your health is our priority. 

 

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