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News Release
GSH Achieves Gold Award in Flu Challenge
Original Release Date: June 6, 2012

KEARNEY - Joint Commission Resources announced that Good Samaritan Hospital has received the gold award for the Flu Vaccination Challenge. More than 2,000 companies participated in the challenge, which strives to increase flu vaccination rates among health care workers in order to promote health and safety among both employees and patients.

Organizations are recognized for superior participation with gold, silver or bronze level certificate awards for 90, 75 or 65 percent of employees receiving the vaccination. Good Samaritan employees earned the gold award for achieving an astounding 98.2 percent vaccination rate. Good Samaritan employees 1,500 staff members.

"Good Samaritan takes every opportunity to provide safe patient care. Influenza vaccination is just one more way our employees protect their patients and the community as a whole," said Barb Seams-Meyer, RN, MSEd.

The vaccination protects against influenza, a contagious and potentially deadly virus. This virus can be spread through direct or indirect contact and is very common.

Influenza can be transmitted 24 hours prior to experiencing any symptoms. Therefore, individuals are unable to simply rely on staying away from work once infected. Annual flu vaccinations are the most effective method of prevention for the virus.