Appointments available now at Prevea locations throughout Northwest Wisconsin
Eau Claire, Wis. – Prevea Health and HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals are encouraging all to get a flu shot as soon as possible, especially as COVID-19 and the Delta variant continue to be widespread throughout local communities.
“Just as vaccination is the most effective tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19, it is the most effective tool in preventing the spread of flu,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, President and CEO, Prevea Health. “Getting vaccinated for both these highly infectious diseases is the one of the most important steps you can take for your health, the health of your loved ones, and the health of your communities.”
Appointments for flu vaccines are now available at Prevea Health locations across Northwest Wisconsin, including Eau Claire, Altoona and Chippewa Falls. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (888) 277-3832 or through the MyPrevea patient portal at myprevea.com. To find a list of Northwest Wisconsin Prevea flu clinic locations, dates and times, please visit: www.prevea.com/flu
Every flu season is different, and influenza can affect people differently. However, millions of people get flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Flu shots are especially important for young children, pregnant women, people age 65 and older, and people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease.
Currently, and like many other hospitals across the state, HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals are at near capacity due to widespread COVID-19 and Delta variant infection, as well as other medical conditions that require hospitalization.
“COVID-19 continues to put a major strain on our hospitals, staff and communities,” says Jen Drayton, Chief Nursing Officer at HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals. “Our concern continues. We need to be able to care for all patients, including those who need treatment for non-COVID conditions like influenza, RSV - which is common this time of year – injuries, stroke, trauma, heart attack, sepsis and so much more, but if our hospitals’ emergency rooms and in-patient beds are full with COVID-19 patients, that makes it much more complicated. Science has proven that a COVID-19 vaccine greatly reduces your chance of hospitalization should you contract the virus.”
Prevea Health provides COVID-19 vaccination at locations across the state, at no cost. For more information on COVID-19 vaccination with Prevea Health, please visit: www.prevea.com/vaccine
About HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1889, it has been meeting patient needs in western Wisconsin with the latest medical innovations and technology, together with a Franciscan whole-person healing tradition.
About HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1885, it has served the people of the Chippewa Falls area with health care that is high tech and high touch. Known locally for the quality of the care it provides patients, the hospital has been recognized nationally for its outstanding patient satisfaction levels.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states - Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.
About Prevea Health
Founded in Green Bay, Wis. in 1996, Prevea Health is a health care organization that provides high-quality, primary and specialty health care in 80+ locations across Northern, Eastern and Western Wisconsin in clinic and hospital settings. It is partnered with six Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) hospitals across Wisconsin to provide patients a system of highly-coordinated care, close to home: HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan; HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls; HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire; and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls. For more information, visit www.prevea.com.