There is one thing we can all do this year to reduce the burden on our health, the health of our families, and our health care system – we can get our seasonal flu vaccine. Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to get yourself and your loved ones vaccinated against the flu. During the 2017-2018 season, 45 million people fell ill with the seasonal flu, 810,000 were hospitalized, and the flu accounted for an estimated 61,000 deaths in the United States. Now consider those numbers alongside the COVID-19 pandemic.
Together, let’s do this one thing – let’s get our Flu vaccine! Fort Belvoir Community Hospital staff are working hard to ensure that health care personnel, Service members, retirees, and eligible beneficiaries have a safe and efficient place to receive their flu shot. We look forward to providing details on the 2020 FBCH Flu Vaccine Clinic as the season grows closer through the Flu Clinic Hotline, FBCH websites, publications, and social media sites.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “There are many benefits from flu vaccination and preventing flu is always important, but in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s even more important to do everything possible to reduce illnesses and preserve scarce health care resources.”