Take your best shot this flu season

September 19, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

Everyone at UMHS has a responsibility to protect our patients, families and each other from the spread of disease. That is why our health system is once again requiring all employees to receive a flu vaccine.

Under our influenza vaccination policy, all faculty, staff, students and volunteers must receive their annual vaccine by Dec. 1, 2016 or receive an approved exemption. Those with an approved exemption will be required to wear a mask in patient care areas or where patients may be present for the entire flu season.  

Please be advised that this policy applies to everyone who works at our health system, regardless of clinical responsibility or patient contact. This includes Medical School employees and those who work in non-clinical settings. Members of UMPNC and AFSCME should refer to their union contracts and memoranda of understanding pertaining to flu vaccinations for additional information that applies to each of their respective unions.

There are many opportunities to get your flu shot at UMHS, including free flu fairs in September and October. Vaccines are also available at Occupational Health Services in the Med Inn Building or from clinical unit flu liaisons. Make sure to have your UMHS ID badge when you arrive and you’ll receive a sticker for your ID badge after getting the shot.

If you get your flu shot at your doctor’s office, pharmacy or any other location outside of UMHS, make sure to get documentation on paper with your name on it. Give this to your department’s compliance contact so they can record it and give you a sticker for your ID badge. Please be aware that, in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu mist is not an acceptable alternative to the flu vaccination.

If you have a religious belief or medical condition that prevents you from receiving the flu vaccine, you may submit an exemption form to Occupational Health Services for review by Nov. 1, 2016. Later this year, the Infection Prevention and Epidemiology team will notify everyone when flu season begins, which will alert those who received an exemption to start wearing a mask before they enter clinical areas.    

More information about this year’s flu prevention program, including Frequently Asked Questions, is available on our flu website.

Thank you for doing your part to protect our patients, families, visitors and employees from the spread of the flu!

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