Employees get flu vaccines for #HITMEWITHYOURFLUSHOT campaign.

Across 100 locations in four states, more than half of ChristianaCare’s 12,000 employees got a flu vaccination Thursday in its #HITMEWITHYOURFLUSHOT campaign.

Bill Schmitt, senior communications manager, said the health system vaccinated 7,739 people, surpassing last year’s count of 7,429. This was the campaign’s second year. 

Rae Graham, a registered nurse for Middletown’s family practice, said they hoped to reach 8,000, but beating last year’s record was the goal. They are hoping that all employees will eventually get the shot. 

“We strive to serve the community and focus on health promotion and disease prevention. So this is one of our huge campaigns to reach the 12,000 total,” Graham said.

From 3 a.m. to 9 p.m., flu vaccination stations were active at Christiana and Wilmington hospitals, and a mobile team went to other primary care, cancer care, medical specialty, laboratory and rehabilitation services locations.

Schmitt said the CDC recommends October as time to get the shot since the late fall and winter is when the flu begins to hit.

“Flu season is starting so you want to do it before it kicks in,” he said.

More than 36,000 Americans died from the flu last year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The flu also hospitalized more than 500,000 people and sickened 40 million Americans.

ChristianaCare had signs, email and electronic registration to spread the word to employees and encourage them to participate.