Frost Manor gets 100% of staff members vaccinated for flu

Home wins contest for highest percentage of OMNI team members vaccinated

Tim Hortons outlets around the City of Kawartha Lakes can expect to see a little more business, courtesy of staff members at Frost Manor.

The Lindsay long-term care home took first place in OMNI Health Care’s annual staff flu vaccination contest recently. Frost Manor had a staff vaccination rate of 100 per cent. Staff members each received a $5 Tim Hortons gift card.

Doneath Stewart, Frost Manor’s director of care (DOC), says the management team rallied hard to get staff members vaccinated for the flu. Staff members were approached and asked if they had received their flu shot. They were also offered incentives in the form of Kit Kat chocolate bars and lollipops.

The Frost Manor management team also led the campaign by example, Doneath says.

“All the managers get their flu shots first – no exceptions,” she says.

Doneath says it’s important for staff members in a long-term care home to get vaccinated during flu season because it reduces the risk of getting the virus and spreading it to others, especially to residents.

Despite evidence to the contrary, she says many people shy away from getting flu vaccinations because they think it will cause them to become ill.

“There are lots of myths out there (about flu vaccinations), especially on the Internet,” Doneath says.

The DOC adds that staff members are thankful to OMNI for their gift cards.

“They were ecstatic, so I said, ‘next year, we’re going to be doing the same thing,’ ” Doneath says.

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