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Flu Vaccines: Our Purpose and Our Promise

DSC03218While we recently announced that the COVID-19 vaccine is no longer mandatory for current employees or new hires, we want to assure you that our commitment to your health and safety remains unwavering. With that in mind, we have chosen to maintain the requirement for the flu vaccine.

The flu, as many of you know, is more than just a seasonal inconvenience. It's a contagious viral respiratory illness that can range from mild discomfort to severe complications, and unfortunately, it can even be fatal. We understand that the flu shot isn't a 100% guarantee against the flu, but it can significantly lower the risk of infection and potentially serious outcomes, such as pneumonia or bronchitis.

At Cook Children's, our purpose goes beyond just providing health care – we're a beacon of support and care for our young patients and their families. The decision to uphold the flu vaccine requirement is rooted in our commitment to their well-being. You see, the flu can pose a particular threat to our younger patients and to older visitors or those with underlying health conditions.

By taking this step, we are playing a crucial role in safeguarding those who trust us to provide a safe environment during their time with us. Your choice to protect yourself from the flu not only reduces the likelihood of transmission to vulnerable patients and visitors but also minimizes the spread of illness among your fellow team members.

We recognize that maintaining a healthy workforce is vital to sustaining our daily operations and ensuring that every member of our team can perform at their best without unnecessary stress. Furthermore, the positive impact of your commitment extends beyond the hospital walls; it contributes to the well-being of our entire community.

As we embrace this decision, we stand together to fulfill our Pinky Promise – a promise to do everything within our power for the children in our care. Your dedication to upholding this promise, especially by continuing to receive the flu vaccine, is a testament to the compassion and care that define Cook Children's.

Thank you for your continued support and for being an integral part of our mission. Your proactive choice not only protects yourself but also contributes to the health and happiness of those we serve – from our littlest patients to our dearest friends and loved ones.

Please read more about the process for getting the flu vaccine by the deadline of Oct. 23, 2023.