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Vol. LXII, No. 21
October 15, 2010
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Flu Vaccination for Employees Starts in October

NIH 2010 Seasonal Flu Vaccine Schedule

On Campus

CRC 7th floor atrium, east side. The hours for all days are 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m.

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Date

Monday, Oct. 18
Tuesday, Oct. 19
Wednesday, Oct. 20
Thursday, Oct. 21
Friday, Oct. 22

Monday, Nov. 1
Tuesday, Nov. 2
Wednesday, Nov. 3
Thursday, Nov. 4
Friday, Nov. 5

 

Off Campus Sites

The hours for all sites except Poolesville are 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

Location

Neuroscience Center, TBA

EPN, Rm. 103

RKL I, Rm. 5054

Twinbrook 3, Rm. 2E06

Poolesville
9-10:30 a.m. in 103
10:30 a.m.-noon in 110

Date

Monday, Oct. 25

Tuesday, Wednesday, Oct. 26-27

Thursday, Friday, Oct. 28-29

Monday, Nov. 8

Wednesday, Nov. 10

 

Walk-in Clinic, OMS, Bldg. 10, Rm. 6C306

Open to all employees on Nov. 9 and Nov. 12, 7:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Beginning on Nov. 15, flu vaccine will be available in OMS by appointment only. Call (301) 496-4411.

Once again, the flu vaccine will be available to NIH employees. The vaccine is free of charge, available to all employees and will be offered according to the schedule at right.

The main purpose for the NIH influenza immunization effort is to protect Clinical Center patients. Many of our patients are at risk for suffering serious, potentially life-threatening consequences of infection with influenza. As a result, the focus of the early stages of the immunization effort is to immunize workers who have face-to-face contact with patients.

Despite solid evidence that vaccinating health care workers protects patients from influenza, the U.S. health care workforce has a surprisingly low rate of influenza vaccination. In a concerted effort to promote patient safety and reduce the risk of hospital-based transmission of influenza, the Clinical Center’s medical executive committee modified the flu vaccine requirements in 2008, making it mandatory for all NIH staff having contact with CC patients. Those unable or unwilling to be vaccinated by the Occupational Medical Service will be required to sign a declination form explaining their reason(s) for declining vaccination.

Since this policy was adopted 2 years ago, nearly 90 percent of staff with patient contact have been vaccinated against influenza, far above the national average.

The influenza vaccine for the 2010-2011 flu season contains the following strains recommended by the FDA’s vaccines and related biological products advisory committee: A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus, A/Perth/16/2009 (H3N2)-like virus and B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus. This vaccine provides protection against both seasonal strains and the pandemic H1N1 strain.

If you have questions about the influenza vaccine, call the Clinical Center Hospital Epidemiology Service at (301) 496-2209. The vaccine schedule is also available at http://foiltheflu.nih.gov.

Flu immunizations can be provided only to NIH employees. An NIH photo ID is required. NIHRecord Icon

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