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Preventative Care

Hospitals and healthcare providers play a crucial role in promoting, providing and educating patients about preventive services and screenings and maintaining the health of their communities. Many diseases are preventable through immunizations, screenings, treatment, and lifestyle changes. The information below shows how well the hospitals you selected are providing preventive services.

Hospital Discharges 10/1/2013 through 3/31/2014

Patients Assessed and Given Influenza Vaccination

Billings Clinic 96%
State of Montana Avg 89%
United States Avg 93%

Influenza, or the "flu," is a respiratory illness that is caused by flu viruses and easily spread from person to person.

There are over 200,000 hospitalizations from the flu on average every year. An average of 36,000 Americans die annually due to the flu and its complications.

The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot each year during the fall season. Because flu viruses change from year to year, it is important to get a flu shot each year.

Healthcare Workers Given Influenza Vaccination

Billings Clinic 77%
State of Montana Avg 81%
United States Avg 79%

Influenza, or the "flu," is a respiratory illness that is caused by flu viruses and easily spread from person to person. There are over 200,000 hospitalizations from the flu on average every year.

Hospital staff and healthcare workers who are infected with the flu virus can transmit the virus to coworkers and patients, including those at higher risk for getting very sick from the flu. In order to reduce the spread of flu within a hospital, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all healthcare workers who work in a healthcare setting receive the flu vaccine (“flu shot”) each year.

Vaccinating healthcare workers has been found to reduce the risk of flu illness, medical visits, antibiotic use, and flu-related deaths. It is recommended that all healthcare facilities provide the flu vaccine to their healthcare workers. This measure shows the percentage of all healthcare workers in a hospital that received the flu vaccine.

The percentage includes only patients whose history and condition indicate the treatment is appropriate. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about your treatment.

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