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Vol. LXVI, No. 18
August 29, 2014
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Free Flu Vaccine Begins Sept. 15

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.

Flu Vaccination Schedule

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