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Published on October 27, 2014

CentraCare Health takes measures to protect its patients, employees against influenza

St. Cloud, Minn. – CentraCare Health has implemented an influenza vaccination campaign for the 2014-2015 influenza season that requires all health care workers to be vaccinated or to wear a mask when in areas where patients may be present. The Centers for Disease Control and Minnesota Department of Health support universal influenza vaccination of health care workers because it has proven to decrease the risk of illness and death related to influenza. The single best way to prevent influenza is to get vaccinated each year.

“We are committed to improving patient safety and quality of care, particularly infection prevention in the health care setting during the influenza season,” said Thomas Schrup, MD, Medical Director of Provider Relations for CentraCare Clinic. “As a health care organization and as a matter of public health, we must lead by example to prevent the spread of influenza.”

Every year, influenza kills 250,000 to 500,000 people worldwide. In 2011, influenza and pneumonia were the eighth leading causes of death with more than 50,000 people in the United States dying due to complications related to influenza and pneumonia.

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