News Dedicated to a Healthy Workplace August 2012
BarnesCare Offers On-Site Flu Shots
The single best way to protect against the seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year. BarnesCare makes it easy for you and your employees to get vaccinated with on-site flu clinics. To reserve a date and time for an on-site flu clinic at your company, please complete and return the On-Site Request Form. All dates and times are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Since immunity takes two weeks to build and wanes over time, the vaccine should be received in October or November to sustain immunity through the flu season. 

For more information, contact Jane Myers or 314.362.0639. 

2012-2013 Flu Vaccine Update 

What sort of flu season is expected this year? 
Flu seasons are unpredictable in a number of ways. Although epidemics of flu happen every year, the timing, severity and length of the epidemic depends on many factors, including what influenza viruses are spreading, whether they match the viruses in the vaccine and how many people get the vaccine. 

When will flu activity begin and when will it peak? 
The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary from season to season. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. in January or February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. The 2011-2012 season began late and was relatively mild compared with previous seasons. It is impossible to predict how mild or severe the 2012-2013 season will be. 

Will new flu viruses circulate this season? 
Flu viruses are constantly changing so it's not unusual for new flu viruses to appear each year. 

How much vaccine will be available during 2012-2013? 
For the 2012-2013 season, manufacturers have projected that they will produce between 146 million and 149 million doses of flu vaccine. During 2011-2012, 132.8 million doses of flu vaccine were distributed in the United States. 

Above information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The BarnesCare flu shot program is for adults age 18 and older. All scheduled on-site dates are subject to change or cancellation based on vaccine availability and the Centers for Disease Control distribution guidelines.

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