The vaccine is given each year because immunity decreases after a year, and because each year’s vaccine is formulated to prevent that year’s anticipated strains of influenza viruses.
Once again, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital will be offering free flu vaccines to our patients’ parents and other adult close contacts.
This “Free Vaccine for Parents Cocooning Project” is intended to protect OHSU Doernbecher’s youngest and most vulnerable patients by “cocooning” infants and other high-risk children, insulating them from infection by ensuring everyone they come into contact with has been immunized.
Free flu vaccinations will be offered to our established patient family members Monday through Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the OHSU Doernbecher lobby, while supplies last. Family members must be 18 or older to qualify for free vaccine.
For tips on how to avoid the flu, check out the Oregon Health Authority website: “What to do to avoid the Flu.”
Judith Guzman-Cottrill, D.O.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases
OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital