Many diseases are preventable through immunizations. 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.*
* National average, state average, MSHA and facility data are for the period from July 2012 - June 2013. The national average and state average data are provided by Hospital Compare, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which reports results from hospitals submitting data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Unicoi County Memorial Hospital (UCMH) is a newly added hospital to the MSHA system and their scores are not included in system composite scores at this time.