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Johns Hopkins Bayview News - Have You Had Your Flu Vaccine? We Have!

Fall 2012

Have You Had Your Flu Vaccine? We Have!

Date: September 3, 2012

Female physician administering flu vaccine via injection to young woman

With the peak of flu season rapidly approaching, it is more important than ever to get your flu vaccine. “Not only can people transmit the disease easily to family members and other people they come in contact with, the flu also causes complications that can result in death,” says Jonathan Zenilman, M.D., chief of infectious diseases.

Each year in the United States, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and approximately 36,000 people die because of the flu. During this flu season, Johns Hopkins Bayview is taking extra steps to prevent the spread of influenza by requiring all employees to receive a flu vaccine. Those who work in health care are at a greater risk of exposure to the flu, and also are more likely to come in contact with patients who are prone to flu-related complications. By making the flu vaccine mandatory, Johns Hopkins Bayview ensures safer patient care and less chance of hospital-related illnesses or infections.

Protect Yourself. Protect Your Family.

You, too, can prevent the spread of flu by getting vaccinated. The flu shot or mist is provided by most primary care physicians.

You should especially get an annual flu vaccination if you:

  • Work in health care
  • Are 50 or older
  • Are pregnant
  • Have chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, renal disease or emphysema
  • Live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • Live with anyone at high risk for flu
  • Have contact with children less than 6 months old

You should NOT get a flu vaccination if you:

  • Have an allergy to chicken or eggs
  • Had a reaction to a flu vaccine
  • Developed Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of receiving the flu vaccine
  • Have a fever
  • Are less than 6 months old

To schedule an appointment with one of our General Internal Medicine Practice physicians and to receive a flu vaccine, call 410-550-3350.