Flu season is fast approaching and health care facilities around the country are preparing. CHI Mercy Health, in Valley City, has stocked flu vaccines to give all its pa-tients and its frontline staff–nurses, doctors, aides–who come into contact daily with the most vulnerable.
“We are prepared again this year,” said Susan Kringlie, Infection Control Practitioner at Mercy. “We have plenty of doses for our employees and in-patients. We feel that it’s very important to assure the safety of our patients, visitors and staff. That is why we promote the use of flu vaccinations every year. And there is enough vaccine available in the country so the shut down of the one facility won’t affect anyone.”
CHI Mercy Health uses a trivalent vaccine, which inoculates for three different viruses. Mercy plans to vaccinate employees within the coming weeks.
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