Immunization Goes Viral


This year, as we look back over the accomplishments and challenges of the past fiscal year, we’ve adopted the theme ‘Checking our Vitals,’ as we examine what we’ve done – and how well we’ve done it. We invite you to check out the story below which aligns with our strategic priority of population health.

Every year, during influenza season – roughly from October to the following March – Eastern Health prepares to put a significant number of needles into arms – to protect groups at risk from whatever flu strain that’s making the rounds that particular year.

This past season, started off no differently.

However, by January 2014, demand for ‘shots’ – shot through the roof – unexpectedly – and the Public Health immunization clinics were filled to overflowing, fuelled by reports of concerns in other parts of the country.

By season’s end, community health nurses had administered 22,942 immunizations – triple the number from the previous year.

Simultaneously, the Public Health Laboratory was swamped with requests from family physicians to test patient samples for the respiratory virus.

Both groups jumped into action – and with quick thinking – prioritizing needs – and a lot of collaboration – proved they were up to the challenge when a critical demand ‘goes viral.’

As part of our annual reporting process, we’ve chosen to highlight four accomplishments, via video, which align with Eastern Health’s four strategic priorities:

The videos may also be accessed via this year’s Board Chair Report, which includes a message from Michael O’Keefe, Chair of Eastern Health’s Board of Trustees, along with a list of several other strategic accomplishments.

This story was written and produced by Deborah Collins, communications manager and Phil Simms, cameraman and editor, who both work with Corporate Communications.

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