WINCHESTER — Some say that healthcare providers make the worst patients, but at Dundas Manor, the team rolled up their sleeves for a needle. In fact, 92 percent of staff have had the flu shot – helping the institution reach its target this year.
Ninety-six percent of residents have also been vaccinated.
“I am very proud of our staff for protecting our residents, themselves and their families by getting the annual flu vaccine,” notes Susan Poirier, Director of Nursing. “Many healthcare facilities struggle to meet their targets, but Dundas Manor has continually improved over the years.”
Last year, on average, only 72.4 percent of long-term care staff got vaccinated. Dundas Manor has an innovative program to encourage participation, including weekly gift cards draws and a big thermometer to track progress.
Getting the flu is particularly worrisome for seniors or those with multiple health problems. In Canada, it is estimated that 3,500 people die from the flu every year.