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“Help Stop the Flu” Campaign
“Help Stop the Flu” Campaign

The following information was sent to us by Susan Griffiths:

Adventist HealthCare’s annual campaign to help prevent the spread of flu in the region begins Monday, September 12th.

The “Help Stop the Flu” campaign reminds the public to take immediate protection against the flu with a seasonal flu shot and urges them to stop the spread of flu through prevention.

Each year in the United States, on average, 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the flu, resulting in more than 200,000 hospitalizations and an average of 23,600 deaths.

Adventist HealthCare’s two local hospitals, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville and Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, officially launched the 2011 campaign today -- the fourth year of the campaign -- with a roundtable event at the Universities at Shady Grove. The event featured a panel of local experts that spoke to an audience of pharmacy students and community members about vaccination and prevention.

Adventist HealthCare, the largest provider of flu vaccines in Montgomery County outside of the county health department, expects to provide more than 12,000 flu shots during the 2011/2012 season. The 2011/2012 vaccine will protect against the same three influenza strains that were in last year’s vaccine. The strains are an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus; an A/Perth/16/2009 (H3N2)-like virus; and a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.
In addition, Adventist HealthCare will offer the new high-dose vaccine, which is available for people over age 65. The high-dose vaccine contains four times the amount of antigen than the regular vaccination and is better able to protect those that are older and have a weaker immune system.

As part of the annual campaign, Adventist HealthCare, in collaboration with WTOP radio and M&T Bank, will provide free flu shots through two clinics in September. The first clinic, in partnership with Washington Adventist Hospital, will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, at M&T Bank on Tech Road in White Oak. The second clinic will be held Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. For additional information about clinics, the seasonal flu and vaccinations click here!

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention advises that everyone six months and older get a flu shot. The annual vaccination is also strongly recommended for high-risk individuals including:

  • People over 50
  • Children between six months and two years
  • Women who are pregnant
  • Health care workers
  • Anyone living in a long-term care facility
  • Day care providers; and anyone with chronic heart, lung or kidney conditions, diabetes or a weakened immune system.