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Media Release

DATE: Oct. 20, 2016
SUBJECT: Covenant Health preps for flu season 


(Knoxville, TN) – While health care providers are laying the groundwork to prepare East Tennessee for flu season, who’s preparing the health care providers to stay well so they will be able to take care of us? Covenant Health is requiring employees to receive a CDC-recommended flu vaccine this year to help assure that all Covenant Health facilities are healthy and safe places for patients and employees. This requirement applies to employees, physicians, volunteers and others who work at Covenant Health facilities. Required vaccination is consistent with national trends and for hospital systems across the country.

Covenant Health facilities are hosting multiple flu shot clinics for our employees to receive flu shots.

Quote from Jim VanderSteeg, Covenant Health president and CEO: “Flu vaccinations are the right thing to do for everyone associated with Covenant Health.”

We encourage employees to follow the same guidelines as the public in order to stay healthy and stop the spread of the flu virus: wash hands frequently and thoroughly; cover a cough; eat nutritious foods, stay hydrated and get plenty of rest; and stay home when they are sick.

Covenant Health organizations also encourage everyone in their communities to get a flu shot. According to the CDC, each year thousands of people in the United States die from flu, and many more are hospitalized. Receiving the flu vaccine can keep people from getting the flu, make flu less severe if they do get it, and help them avoid spreading the flu to others.

For visitors to our hospitals, we recommend that children under age 12 not visit patients in the hospital, and that anyone with flu-like symptoms such as fever, aches, sore throat, cough, or serious stomach issues should not visit hospital patients. Those who have flu-like symptoms and must visit a patient in the hospital, are asked to alert a nurse or staff member upon arrival so that the visitor may receive a mask to wear.

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