Flu Vaccine Clinic for Staff Begins Oct. 3
The Office of Research Services and the Clinical Center will provide free flu shots to staff with a valid NIH identification badge from Oct. 3 through Nov. 10.
The best way to reduce the risk of getting the flu is to get the flu shot every year. By getting the flu shot, health care personnel can also reduce the risk of exposing patients to the influenza virus. All staff who have patient contact, including employees and contractors, are required to get the flu vaccine each year. For all other NIH staff, immunization with the flu vaccine is encouraged, but not required.
Opening early in the morning, the flu clinic will be located on the east side of the 7th floor of the Clinical Research Center. Employees intending to receive a flu shot must wear clothing that does not restrict access to the upper arm. Changing areas will not be available.
Starting Oct. 13, there will also be off-campus sites providing free flu shots. Shady Grove, Bayview, Poolesville, Neuroscience Center, Fishers Lane and Rockledge locations are included on the schedule.
NIH ordered both high-dose and the regular quadrivalent vaccines for all flu shot sites. Staff ages 65 and older can receive the high-dose vaccine. A limited number of egg-free doses have been ordered and will only be administered to health care personnel with a documented egg allergy.
To learn more about the high-dose flu shot, visit http://go.usa.gov/PAUY. For more information about availability and to find locations, visit foiltheflu.nih.gov or call (301) 496-2209. For directions to the 7th fl. CRC clinic, visit www.takemethere.cc.nih.gov and search “Flu.”