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Finger Lakes Health holds H1N1 Influenza Immunization Clinics
Geneva, NY-Finger Lakes Health demonstrated its commitment to keeping its patients and employees safe from infectious disease with two days of immunization clinics for the H1N1 Influenza virus. On October 28, 29, H1N1 immunization clinics were held for Finger Lakes Health employees. Seasonal flu clinics were held earlier in the month for health system employees. These clinics were modeled after the Finger Lakes Health plan for an emergency vaccination clinic and also proved the Hospital’s Emergency Preparedness Clinic teams are ready to conduct this type of clinical response in the event of an actual public health emergency of Pandemic Influenza.
The clinics were held at Geneva General Hospital and Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital. The two hour clinics were very successful with 365 employees coming through the Geneva based clinic, while 200 were able to utilize the Penn Yan clinic. As of November 1, one third of both seasonal flu vaccines and the H1N1 vaccines have been received, however, more shipments of the H1N1 vaccine will be received weekly to provide vaccinations for the prevention of influenza throughout the winter and spring. Additional vaccines are offered by Employee Health Services for Finger Lakes Health employees at all affiliated facilities in the three county sites of Finger Lakes Health. Finger Lakes Health has made vaccines available without charge to employees, staff, and nursing students in order to prevent the flu viruses.
Stressing Finger Lakes Health’s commitment to the protection of its patients and workers Lisa Lang, RN, manager of Employee Health Services and clinic team manager for the employee vaccine clinics states, “Our seasonal flu vaccination rates have always been higher than the national and state averages for healthcare workers. In some patient care and resident care units we have obtained 95 to 100% vaccinated for the seasonal flu.” Well above the national average of 45% for all healthcare workers vaccinated, Finger Lakes Health averages above 60% in employee vaccinations against contagious disease. Lang continues to emphasize, “Our employees are dedicated to our patient’s safety, employee safety and health, and our community’s well being. We understand the science supporting vaccination programs and we want to be ahead of infectious diseases.”
Finger Lakes Health is a community owned, not-for-profit health system that provides a full range of acute and long term care health services to residents of the Finger Lakes region in Upstate New York. Services are provided on three campuses located in Geneva, NY (Ontario County), Waterloo, NY (Seneca County) and Penn Yan, NY (Yates County). The 660-bed health system is governed by a common Board of Directors and is served by a common management team. With 75 active staff physicians, the health system offers a broad range of primary, specialty and sub-specialty services to residents of the Finger Lakes region.
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