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To minimize the spread of influenza this fall and winter, Conemaugh Health System is encouraging all employees, medical personnel and community members to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone six months and older, with any age-appropriate flu vaccine. If you are considering a nasal spray flu vaccine, it is important to know that this option is approved by the CDC for use in non-pregnant individuals, ages two through 49, and that there is a precaution against this option for those with certain underlying medical conditions.
“A flu vaccination is the best way to protect you, your family and our community from this often debilitating illness,” said Jelden Arcilla, chief nursing officer (CNO) at Conemaugh. “Vaccinations significantly decrease the likelihood of catching the flu and can even help minimize symptoms should you fall ill. I highly recommend that every person receive a flu vaccination this season to help stay healthy and fight the spread of flu in our community.”
The best ways to protect against the flu are to:
This year, Conemaugh Health System and Conemaugh Physician Group are pleased to offer a number of opportunities for individuals to get vaccinated, including at all Conemaugh Physician Group primary care offices, and MedWELL locations at Conemaugh East Hills and Conemaugh Ebensburg. Vaccinations at Conemaugh MedWELL locations are available on a walk-in basis for a $20 fee.
In order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of patients and to help prevent the spread of infection, Conemaugh Health System also asks the community to be mindful when visiting friends and loved ones in the hospital. Specifically:
Conemaugh Health System is committed to its mission of Making Communities Healthier by protecting our patients, our employees and our volunteers, and limiting the spread of the flu in our community. For more information about the flu and effective prevention methods, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/.