Oct
10
2017

Video: Employees explain why they get the flu shot

More than half of Texas Children’s employees have stepped up to protect themselves and others against the flu by getting a flu shot. As of the end of last week, 7,572, or 59 percent, of Texas Children’s employees, medical staff, volunteers, and Baylor College of Medicine employees working in Texas Children’s facilities had received a flu vaccination.

“We are off to a good start but still need to push forward,” said Jill Fragoso, director of benefits and well-being. “We are striving to achieve greater than a 90 percent vaccination rate by December 1.”

Each fall, Texas Children’s employees are asked to get vaccinated against the flu to not only protect themselves but to protect those around them – their co-workers, family, friends, and their patients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts this year’s flu season will begin this month and recommends a yearly flu vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu and its potentially serious complications.

Texas Children’s Employee Health is administering free flu vaccines to Texas Children’s employees, medical staff, volunteers, and Baylor College of Medicine employees working in Texas Children’s facilities. Click here for more information on how to get your shot and here for the BCM Occupational Health Program schedule.

Prior to receiving your vaccine, Texas Children’s employees are to complete their Flu Consent Form online via the Employee Health & Wellness Portal. Click here for portal instructions. Baylor College of Medicine employees working in Texas Children’s facilities will continue to complete paper consent forms when they receive the flu vaccine.

“Thank you in advance for doing the right thing and receiving your flu vaccine,” Fragoso said. “Such a small act will go a long way for you, your family, friends, co-workers, and most importantly, your patients.”