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Flu Shot Campaign

Medical Staff Urged to Get Vaccinated

Physicians who want a free flu shot but haven't been vaccinated yet are urged to roll up their sleeves. Cedars-Sinai will receive its full allotment of flu vaccine next week, and limited amounts of the nasal spray flu vaccine are also available.

To schedule a weekday appointment for a free flu shot, call Employee Health Services (EHS) at 310-423-3322. EHS is located in the Steven Spielberg Building on the second floor in Suite 200.

"To date we have dispensed about 4,000 doses of flu vaccine to healthcare workers," says Rekha Murthy, M.D., director of Hospital Epidemiology. "Our goal is to vaccinate at least 70 percent of our healthcare staff, compared with 40 percent vaccination rates in the past few years. We have plenty of vaccine to accommodate everyone who wants a flu shot, so we urge physicians to take a few minutes and get immunized."

Cedars-Sinai kicked off its flu vaccine campaign early in October by giving flu shots to leadership members, including Paul Silka, M.D., Chief of Staff, William Brien, M.D., Vice Chief of Staff, and Mark Gavens, Sr. Vice President of Clinical Care Services and Chief Operating Officer.

As co-sponsors of the National Influenza Vaccine Summit, the American Medical Association (AMA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a joint letter to healthcare facilities stressing the importance of immunizing healthcare personnel against influenza. The CDC estimates that each year between five and 20 percent of Americans become infected with influenza, and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized.