Published on October 01, 2010

Baptist DeSoto Host Free Flu Shot Event

Anyone 18 and Older Can Get the Vaccine at Event

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto will host a free flu shot event for the community on Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 3 p.m. -8 p.m. in the hospital's DeSoto Room C, located just inside the north entrance at 7601 Southcrest Parkway.

This year's vaccine will include protection against both the seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the 2009 H1N1 pandemic resulted in more than 12,000 flu-related deaths in the U.S. In contrast to seasonal flu, nearly 90 percent of the deaths occurred among people younger than 65 years of age.

"We are committed to protecting our community's health, and one of the best ways to do that is to have a yearly flu shot," said Randy King, CEO and administrator of Baptist DeSoto. "We decided to offer the vaccine for free to encourage people to get it early in the flu season."

According to the CDC, an estimated 200,000 Americans require hospital treatment and between 3,000 and 49,000 die each year from the flu or flu-related complications. The CDC recommends the flu shot for healthy people 6 months of age and older. Groups that should not receive the flu vaccine include anyone who is sick with a fever, those with a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome or those with an egg or mercury allergy.

Baptist DeSoto is a 339-bed hospital that offers diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitation services. In November 2006, Baptist DeSoto opened a new, 11-story tower, featuring all-private rooms, expanded operating suites and a new emergency room. In 2010, Baptist DeSoto received the Hospital of the Year award (100 beds or more) from the Mississippi Nurses Association. The hospital offers open-heart surgery and a number of other cardiovascular services, and the emergency department's heart attack response rate is, on average, 30 minutes faster than the national benchmark. Baptist DeSoto's inpatient rehabilitation program ranked in the top 1 percent in the nation for quality in a report based on 2009 performance outcomes. In 2010, the hospital's Women's Center became the first breast imaging facility in DeSoto County to offer digital mammography.

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