Flu season is here: “Masks On” begins tomorrow

January 26, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Announcements, Updates & Resources,

Flu season is here, and unfortunately, it’s a season that keeps on giving – especially if you haven’t received your flu shot.  Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7 a.m., a mandatory “Masks On” requirement will go into effect for all employees who have not received their flu vaccine.

Who needs to wear a mask?

All UMHS employees including regular and temporary staff, faculty, students, trainees, vendors, contract personnel, and volunteers must get the flu vaccine, regardless of clinical responsibility or patient contact.  This includes Medical School employees and those who work in nonclinical settings.  Violations of this policy could result in disciplinary action up to and including termination (Note: For staff covered by a collective bargaining agreement, the provisions of the contract shall apply).

Why do I need to wear a mask during flu season?

Wearing a mask if you are not vaccinated will help to protect our patients and colleagues, as well as you and your family, from getting sick.

When do I need to wear it?

Masks must be worn upon entry to any building where patient care is provided or where patients may be present, including the patient’s home. 

Where can I get a mask?

Masks are available at all UMHS Main Campus entrances in “flu stations.”  In areas not located on the UMHS Main Campus, masks will be provided to you by your manager. 

How long is “masks on” in effect?

The “masks on” requirement will remain in effect until the end of flu season.  A notification will be sent via email when flu season is over and masks no longer need to be worn. 

Where can I get my flu shot?

For your convenience, Occupational Health Services offers free flu vaccines to UMHS employees, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you would like more information about the UMHS flu prevention program, visit http://www.med.umich.edu/u/flu/

Check out the FAQs for more information about the “Masks On” requirement.  

Remember, when it comes to the flu – don’t give it.  Don’t get it.    

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