Fighting the flu: CHI Health, Omaha Professional Fire Fighters team up for flu shot clinic

09/22/20 News ,   CHI Health

The fight against the flu starts with a shot! CHI Health and the Omaha Professional Fire Fighters are teaming up to make sure firefighters, paramedics and EMTs on the frontlines are protected from the flu this fall and winter. A flu shot clinic will take place at the Omaha Professional Fire Fighter's hall at 6005 Grover Street in Omaha this Tuesday, September 22nd and next Tuesday, September 29th. CHI Health Clinic staff expects to administer the vaccine to hundreds of firefighters, who's health is vital to keeping the community safe.

"Omaha firefighters and paramedics continue to be on the frontlines during this global health emergency. Every day we respond to some of the most ill and vulnerable people in our community," said Steve LeClair, President, Omaha Professional Fire Fighters. "Keeping them safe is our top priority and the first step to keeping Omaha healthy. It has never been more important to receive a flu shot and we encourage everybody to do so."

CHI Health has partnered with the Omaha Professional Fire Fighters for the past few years on this effort, administering the flu vaccine to more than 840 first responders in 2019. The two organizations hope this clinic shows the importance of getting the flu vaccine - especially this year with COVID-19 in our communities.

"Getting the flu vaccine this year is more important than ever to protect yourself, the people around you, and the community at large," said Kandy Truong, MPH, a CHI Health Clinic Administrator. "It's part of CHI Health's mission to improve the health of the people we serve. This is why we have continued our partnership with the Omaha Professional Fire Fighters and provide their flu shots annually."

About CHI Health:

CHI Health is a regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the Church while creating healthier communities. Headquartered in Omaha, the combined organization consists of 14 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health facilities, more than 150 employed physician practice locations and more than 10,000 employees in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa.

In fiscal 2019, CHI Health invested more than $185 million back into our communities. The majority of those dollars went to caring for the poor and underserved.

CHI Health is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthy communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs.

About The Omaha Professional Fire Fighters:

The Omaha Professional Fire Fighters represent nearly 650 men and women of the Omaha Fire Department dedicated to providing high quality emergency response to the citizens of Omaha.