Botsford News Release
Farmington Hills, Mich. (February 10, 2010)---Botsford Hospital recently offered free H1N1, or swine, flu vaccines at a special event on January 30. All members of the community, both adults and children, were welcome. Botsford’s nurses gave 181 H1N1 flu vaccines on that day.
Everyone receiving a free H1N1 vaccine, with the exception of the children of course, was grateful to Botsford for doing this for the community.
One recipient, e-mailed her comment to the hospital’s Website at www.botsford.org: “The H1N1 flu vaccination clinic offered to the public this weekend was great. Your staff was very kind. What an exceptional service you offered to the community. I never felt safer getting my flu vaccine. Thank you!”
From a February 5, 2010, press briefing given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity is relatively low at this time, however, most cases of flu continue to be caused by the H1N1 flu virus. Flu activity may rise and fall, but it is expected to continue for several more months.
During this briefing, the CDC’s Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, commented “My key point is that H1N1 vaccination remains a good idea for this very preventable and sometimes serious disease. H1N1 flu activity seems to have leveled off, but the virus does continue to circulate, causing illness, hospitalizations and deaths.”
“We are remaining vigilant here and do not think people should become complacent,” Schuchat continued. “As I said, individual cases of the H1N1 influenza continue to occur, and people are being hospitalized, and they're dying. Vaccination is such an easy step to take and it's the best protection against this disease that can be serious. As opposed to last fall, today there is plenty of vaccine available.”
If you missed the free H1N1 flu shot day at Botsford, the vaccination continues to be available from other sources, such as primary care physicians and through county health departments.
Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.
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