Get your flu shot on the Iron Throne at Michael Garron Hospital

Community Nov 14, 2017 by Joanna Lavoie East York Mirror

An east Toronto hospital is taking a cue from a popular HBO TV series to encourage people to get the flu shot.

Michael Garron Hospital (MGH), at Mortimer and Coxwell avenues in East York, is harnessing the popularity of Game of Thrones and inviting staff, patients and the community to step up to the MGH Iron Throne to get vaccinated.

“We wanted to try something new that would allow the staff to have some fun and would hopefully be more effective than just telling people to get their flu shot,” said  Dr. Jeff Powis, MGH’s Infection Disease Expert, in an email to Metroland Media Toronto.

“So far, our Game of Thrones themed flu campaign has seen more than 20 per cent of staff getting vaccinated and 243 flu shots have been given in the community”.

In a release, MGH said health experts across Ontario are predicting a particularly severe flu season. For those who are healthy, coming down with the flu could mean fever, chills, muscle ache or fatigue, but for those with compromised immune systems like children and the elderly, the virus could be fatal.

Powis encouraged everyone to get the flu shot, which he said is currently the best tool available to prevent influenza, sooner than later as it’s impossible to predict when the flu season will reach its peak each year.

“It takes about two weeks to develop antibodies after receiving the vaccine so if you wait until the flu season has peaked, it may be too late to receive the vaccine and build up protection,” he said.

Pratima Vibert, a mother of two who works as a nurse at the local hospital, said she gets the flu shot for many reasons.

“I work on the Nursing Resource Team, which means I support clinical areas around the hospital,” the frontline healthcare worker said.

“I have two little babies at home so that’s why I got my flu shot. I’m very vulnerable to getting sick, and so are they.”

Michael Garron Hospital, formerly known as Toronto East General Hospital, kicked off its flu shot clinic for the season on Oct. 11. The public can get immunized against the influenza virus for free until March.

The free flu vaccination clinic at MGH is located in room F108 and is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. as well as Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Email community@tehn.ca for more information.

 

 



Get your flu shot on the Iron Throne at Michael Garron Hospital

Hospital hopes to harness popularity of HBO's Game of Thrones

Community Nov 14, 2017 by Joanna Lavoie East York Mirror

An east Toronto hospital is taking a cue from a popular HBO TV series to encourage people to get the flu shot.

Michael Garron Hospital (MGH), at Mortimer and Coxwell avenues in East York, is harnessing the popularity of Game of Thrones and inviting staff, patients and the community to step up to the MGH Iron Throne to get vaccinated.

“We wanted to try something new that would allow the staff to have some fun and would hopefully be more effective than just telling people to get their flu shot,” said  Dr. Jeff Powis, MGH’s Infection Disease Expert, in an email to Metroland Media Toronto.

“So far, our Game of Thrones themed flu campaign has seen more than 20 per cent of staff getting vaccinated and 243 flu shots have been given in the community”.

In a release, MGH said health experts across Ontario are predicting a particularly severe flu season. For those who are healthy, coming down with the flu could mean fever, chills, muscle ache or fatigue, but for those with compromised immune systems like children and the elderly, the virus could be fatal.

Powis encouraged everyone to get the flu shot, which he said is currently the best tool available to prevent influenza, sooner than later as it’s impossible to predict when the flu season will reach its peak each year.

“It takes about two weeks to develop antibodies after receiving the vaccine so if you wait until the flu season has peaked, it may be too late to receive the vaccine and build up protection,” he said.

Pratima Vibert, a mother of two who works as a nurse at the local hospital, said she gets the flu shot for many reasons.

“I work on the Nursing Resource Team, which means I support clinical areas around the hospital,” the frontline healthcare worker said.

“I have two little babies at home so that’s why I got my flu shot. I’m very vulnerable to getting sick, and so are they.”

Michael Garron Hospital, formerly known as Toronto East General Hospital, kicked off its flu shot clinic for the season on Oct. 11. The public can get immunized against the influenza virus for free until March.

The free flu vaccination clinic at MGH is located in room F108 and is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. as well as Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Email community@tehn.ca for more information.

 

 



Get your flu shot on the Iron Throne at Michael Garron Hospital

Hospital hopes to harness popularity of HBO's Game of Thrones

Community Nov 14, 2017 by Joanna Lavoie East York Mirror

An east Toronto hospital is taking a cue from a popular HBO TV series to encourage people to get the flu shot.

Michael Garron Hospital (MGH), at Mortimer and Coxwell avenues in East York, is harnessing the popularity of Game of Thrones and inviting staff, patients and the community to step up to the MGH Iron Throne to get vaccinated.

“We wanted to try something new that would allow the staff to have some fun and would hopefully be more effective than just telling people to get their flu shot,” said  Dr. Jeff Powis, MGH’s Infection Disease Expert, in an email to Metroland Media Toronto.

“So far, our Game of Thrones themed flu campaign has seen more than 20 per cent of staff getting vaccinated and 243 flu shots have been given in the community”.

In a release, MGH said health experts across Ontario are predicting a particularly severe flu season. For those who are healthy, coming down with the flu could mean fever, chills, muscle ache or fatigue, but for those with compromised immune systems like children and the elderly, the virus could be fatal.

Powis encouraged everyone to get the flu shot, which he said is currently the best tool available to prevent influenza, sooner than later as it’s impossible to predict when the flu season will reach its peak each year.

“It takes about two weeks to develop antibodies after receiving the vaccine so if you wait until the flu season has peaked, it may be too late to receive the vaccine and build up protection,” he said.

Pratima Vibert, a mother of two who works as a nurse at the local hospital, said she gets the flu shot for many reasons.

“I work on the Nursing Resource Team, which means I support clinical areas around the hospital,” the frontline healthcare worker said.

“I have two little babies at home so that’s why I got my flu shot. I’m very vulnerable to getting sick, and so are they.”

Michael Garron Hospital, formerly known as Toronto East General Hospital, kicked off its flu shot clinic for the season on Oct. 11. The public can get immunized against the influenza virus for free until March.

The free flu vaccination clinic at MGH is located in room F108 and is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. as well as Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Email community@tehn.ca for more information.