NEW BEDFORD — The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced its flu vaccination campaign kickoff on Oct. 1 and local hospitals are jumping in and taking action through flu clinics.
Linda Hevenor, vice president of clinical operations for Southcoast Health, said that she was amazed at the turnout at one of the clinics. “There was a line down the hallway, something I haven’t seen in over four years,” she said.
According to the CDC, it was estimated that vaccination coverage for people 6 months and older increased nearly 52% during the 2019-2020 season from the previous year. Although the flu vaccine does not protect against COVID-19, Hevenor said that it decreases the burden of respiratory illness, good for both patients and the health care workforce. She said that having a dual infection could lead to greater morbidity and mortality rates.
Southcoast Health is encouraging all staff, providers and patients