Corning, N.Y. — Guthrie Corning Hospital earned a Certificate of Excellence from the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Immunization for achieving over 90% influenza vaccination of health care personnel for the 2012 – 2013 flu season.
“Having the flu vaccine provides the best defense for our staff and best protection for our patients from the seasonal flu,” said Shirley Magana, President of Guthrie Corning Hospital. “Our staff is dedicated to patient safety and the results are evident in our strong vaccination results. We fully intend to exceed this figure in the 2013 – 2014 flu season and encourage our community to also schedule an appointment with their primary care provider to receive this life-saving vaccination.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), everyone aged six months or older should receive an annual flu shot, especially those at high risk of flu-related complications such as pregnant women; those with asthma, diabetes or chronic lung disease; and individuals over age 65 or under age five. It is recommended that healthcare personnel and those who care for individuals who are at high risk of developing flu-related complications or who care for infants less than six months of age also receive the vaccine.
Residents are encouraged to contact their primary care provider’s office and schedule an appointment for an annual flu shot. To find a primary care provider near you, visit www.guthrie.org.
Guthrie Health is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 260 physicians and 130 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York. Guthrie Health offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.