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Vol. LXIV, No. 18
August 31, 2012
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Annual Flu Shot Can Protect You, Patients and Family

NIH will kick off its free flu vaccine clinic for all staff (including contractors) on Monday, Sept. 10.

With a particularly susceptible population of immune-compromised patients, the Clinical Center requires all patient-contact staff—employees and contractors—to get the flu vaccine. Immunizations are available, but not required, for all other NIH staff.

The free vaccine clinic will be held on the 7th floor of the north Clinical Research Center atrium. Take the west elevators near the north entrance hospitality desk to the 7th floor. Dress in clothing that will let you quickly expose your upper arm; changing areas will not be available. Following vaccination, the Occupational Medical Service will send an email with a questionnaire and certificate of immunization.

The best way to reduce your risks of getting sick or getting others sick is to get the flu shot every year, said Dr. Tara Palmore, deputy hospital epidemiologist. Planning to stay home once you feel ill may not be enough.

“Most healthy adults can infect others 1 day before symptoms develop,” Palmore said. “So actually even if they stay home when they get sick, they may have already transmitted [flu].”

Those who submitted written physician documentation of a medical contraindication form last year need not do so again.

Also, staff ages 65 and older will be offered a high-dose vaccine that stimulates a stronger immune response. This population tends to develop lower levels of protective antibodies with a traditional dose vaccine.

For more information on the flu vaccine, visit foiltheflu.nih.gov.

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