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|OSF Saint Mary Employees Receive Flu Vaccines
|With news about seasonal and H1N1 flu flooding the media circuit, OSF Saint Mary Medical Center employees are seeing the importance of receiving the vaccine, not only to protect themselves, but also, to protect the health of the patients they serve. It is not required of medical center employees to receive the vaccinations, but it is strongly recommended, especially for those who work directly with patients.
OSF St. Mary Medical Center Occupational Health offered an incentive this year to those employees who received both a seasonal and H1N1 vaccination. In cooperation with Farmland Foods, Dr. Robert Ayers and Dr. Richard Flacco purchased pork loins for all the employees who received both vaccinations.
"Nearly 600 employees received both vaccines this year, which means those employees each will receive an 11 pound pork loin," says Dr. Ayers, Occupational Health Director. "Farmland Foods has informed us that amounts to nearly 2 tons of meat being delivered to the hospital for those employees."
In addition to the individual incentive, a departmental incentive was also offered. Those departments in which one hundred percent of employees received both vaccinations will be entered into a drawing for half a hog. Dr. Ayers and Dr. Flacco have also graciously purchased a pig from Thrushwood's for this incentive. The drawing to see which department will receive the half hog took place at 1:00pm, Friday, December 4th at OSF St. Mary Medical Center.
OSF St. Mary Medical Center has also been instrumental in offering flu vaccination clinics throughout our service area. Over 90 employees participated in the Knox County Health Department hosted flu clinic on November 7th in Galesburg, Abingdon, Williamsfield and Oneida. OSF St. Mary Occupational Health also offered community flu clinics at Sandburg Mall on November 18th and 19th as well as at employers through the community. For those who still need to receive either a seasonal or H1N1 flu vaccination, doses are available at the OSF Medical Group clinics in Galesburg, Abingdon, Alexis, Knoxville, Galva, Roseville, Woodhull and Williamsfield. Please contact one of the clinics to make an appointment to receive a vaccination.
(OSF Saint Mary Medical Center)
|12 05 09 by Newsroom
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