Flu shot ensures a healthier, happier fall

October 7, 2016

To minimize the spread of influenza this fall and winter, Colorado Plains Medical Center is encouraging all employees, medical personnel and community members to get vaccinated.

New this year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending all individuals get a flu shot and not the nasal spray vaccination.

"Getting a flu shot is one of the easiest ways people can stay healthy this fall and winter," says Jackie Danielsen, RN, infection prevention/employee health nurse, at Colorado Plains Medical Center in Fort Morgan.  "Not only does it significantly decrease a person's chance of catching the flu, but it also helps minimize the symptoms if a person does get sick.  I highly recommend that every person get vaccinated; it will go a long way in preventing the spread of influenza throughout our community."

The best ways to protect against the flu are to:

  • Get vaccinated and encourage your friends and family to do the same
  • Practice good health habits.  Avoid close contact with others; stay home when sick; practice good hand hygiene; cover the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth
  • If prescribed by a physician, take flu antiviral drugs

This year, CPMC is pleased to offer various flu shot clinics at places of employment for the business community.  Employers are encouraged to contact CPMC's Workplace Wellness services at 970-542-4440 or 970-380-2272 to arrange for this convenient service. 

Additionally, two flu shot clinics for the general public will be offered on October 24.  The morning clinic will be held at Hummingbird Press, 105 E. Edison St., in Brush, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  An afternoon clinic will be available at Bank of the West, 120 E. Kiowa Ave., in Fort Morgan, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  No appointment is necessary for either clinic.  Cash, checks, and credit card payments will be accepted for the $30 charge per flu shot.

In order to ensure the safety and well-being of its patients and to help prevent the spread of infection, CPMC also asks the community to be mindful when visiting hospital patients.

Specifically, if someone has flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, or a runny nose, please do not visit.

It is important to wash hands before entering and exiting a patient's room and after leaving the hospital.

Those who present at the hospital for tests or procedures and have a flu-like illness (fever over 100 degrees with cough or sore throat), are encouraged to wear a mask.

"Colorado Plains Medical Center is committed to protecting its patients and employees by limiting the spread of inflenza in our community," adds Danielsen.