The Office of Research Services and the Clinical Center will provide free flu shots to
staff with a valid NIH identification badge.
The best way to reduce the risk of getting sick with the flu and exposing patients and
others is to get the flu shot every year. All staff who have patient contact, including
both employees and contractors, are required to get the flu vaccine each year. For all
other NIH staff, immunizations are available but not required.
This year, the flu immunization will begin Monday, Sept. 15. Opening at 6 a.m. each
day during the first week of operation, 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. Following immunization, the Occupational Medical Service will send
an email with a questionnaire and certificate of immunization.
Off-campus sites will be providing free flu shots starting Sept. 29. Shady Grove, Poolesville,
Neuroscience Center and Fishers Ln. locations are included on the schedule.
Due to the increased risk of severe illness from influenza and the weakened immune
system, staff who are age 65 and older are offered a high-dose flu shot. According to
the CDC, the clinical trials data comparing a high-dose vaccine to a regular strength
one administered to persons 65 years or older resulted in a stronger immune response
(i.e., higher antibody levels).
To learn more about the high-dose flu shot, visit http://go.usa.gov/PAUY. For more
information on the flu vaccine, visit foiltheflu.nih.gov or call (301) 496-2209.