CHANS Vaccinates 5,828, Helps Keep Community Safe from Flu
Throughout the fall of 2016, CHANS Home Health & Hospice
offered a vigorous schedule of community vaccination clinics throughout the Midcoast region. Offered in partnership with more than 70 local schools, housing authorities, municipalities, Mid Coast Medical Group Primary Care offices, and many others, more than 124 clinics resulted in 5,828 vaccinations for community members.
"As part of Mid Coast–Parkview Health, CHANS offers these community-based flu vaccination clinics at no charge to help increase the vaccination rate in our community,” said Randee Reynolds, Vice President of Community Health for Mid Coast–Parkview Health. "The vaccinations help to prevent the spread of seasonal influenza and keep our community members safe, especially those who are most at risk of complications from flu infection.”
Many people die from complications of infection with seasonal flu, and even more require hospitalization. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu vaccination is especially important for people at higher risk of severe complications from illness, and for persons who are in close contact with those at higher risk. High-risk groups include adults over 65, children younger than 5, and pregnant women.
Mid Coast–Parkview Health is committed to improving the health of the community. Supporting community health has been part of the CHANS service mission since 1947. CHANS Home Health & Hospice is a full-service, non-profit, Joint Commission accredited agency providing nursing, rehabilitation, palliative, hospice, and private duty care services, and an array of community-based wellness clinics in the Midcoast Area. More information about flu is available at midcoasthealth.com/flu.