Why Is It Important To Get A Flu Shot?

The Johns Hopkins 2014–2015 flu campaign is now in full swing, and getting vaccinated is the top priority for those within the Johns Hopkins community. As part of the mandatory flu vaccination policy, all Johns Hopkins Medicine faculty, trainees, students and staff covered by the policy must be compliant by Dec. 2, except for All Children’s Hospital employees, who must be compliant by Nov. 19. Employees who receive vaccinations at off-site locations, including doctors’ offices and retail stores, must provide documentation of vaccination.

For more information on the Johns Hopkins Medicine flu campaign, including dates, times and locations for vaccination, as well as the mandatory flu policy, visit the Johns Hopkins Mandatory Flu Vaccination Campaign website.

So why is it important to get vaccinated? We visited some of the flu vaccination clinics at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and asked for employees’ thoughts on why it’s important, particularly before flu season hits. See their responses below and  be sure to leave a comment and tell us why YOU think it's important to get the flu vaccine.


Gurpreet Skinner, medical office supervisor with the Department of Dermatology, shares her thoughts on the importance of the flu vaccine:


Grace Brzozowski, program coordinator, pediatrics

“Having had the flu about 20 years ago, I never want to have it again. The fever was high and the headache was bad, and then you just don’t know if that causes you to have other immunity problems as times goes on.”




Ruth Lewis, residency program coordinator, radiation oncology

“I’ve had a case of the flu before, and I hadn’t had the shot. After that, I decided that I definitely should. Who wants the body aches and being away from work? Nobody likes being sick.”



szanton-sarah-bioSarah Szanton, associate professor, school of nursing

“I think that all adults, even if they are healthy, should get a flu shot to help contain the flu and prevent it from spreading to other people. I do think there is some suspicion in the community that they think the shot will give them the flu, so the more people that go out and get the vaccine and don’t get the flu, the better.”



Millie_RiceMillie Rice, skills enhancement instructor, human resources

“Some people think that because they’ve never had the flu or don’t get colds, they’re not going to put something in them to cure something they don’t have. People need to get the vaccine—they can spread the flu to their families and any other people they’re around. And it doesn’t feel good.”




Woojin Song, research assistant, pediatrics

“It’s important to get a flu shot for my own health, but also because it can also prevent the spread of the flu in the community. I had a bad experience about four or five years ago, and I think I spread it to my friends, so ever since then I get the flu shot every year. ”




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