Influenza Immunization

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.

What You Need to Know

  • The graph shows how Sentara hospitals perform overall for assessing and providing hospital inpatients with the influenza vaccination.
  • Higher percentages are better.
  • Compare to U.S. Average or Top 10 percent in U.S.
  • Small differences in numbers or percentages may not be significant due to differences in total patient volumes between hospitals.