Just in time for the New England Patriots first playoff game, Michelle Pirri, RN, of the Emergency Department, was selected as the lucky winner of an autographed Rob Gronkowski jersey. Her name was drawn from all employees who received their flu shot or documented their declination in PeopleSoft by Dec. 8, 2017.

“Influenza can target people of all ages, including those who are normally healthy with strong immune systems,” says Pirri. “Working in the Emergency Department we see firsthand how severe and life-threatening complications of the flu can truly be. In fact, four years ago my husband became septic from complications of the flu, requiring him to stay several days as an inpatient here at MGH. It is a powerful reminder how very important it is to take that one minute each year to get the flu shot.”  

It is not too late to receive the flu vaccine. Staff can visit Occupational Health, located at 165 Cambridge St., fourth floor, Monday through Friday, 7 am - 5 pm. Walk-ins are welcome or call 617-726-2217 to make an appointment.

“Take it from Michelle and all of your colleagues who received their flu shot so far this year – receiving your vaccine is the best way to protect not only yourself, but your family, coworkers and patients from influenza this winter,” says David Hooper, MD, chief of the MGH Infection Control Unit. “It’s important that we as health care professionals set an example and do everything we can to protect ourselves and our patients.”

This article was originally published in the 01/12/18 Hotline issue.