Foil the Flu
Foil the Flu
The annual influenza vaccine clinic sponsored by the NIH Office of Research Services and the Clinical Center will begin offering flu vaccinations on September 21, 2015 in the
Building 10, CRC, 7th Floor Atrium, East Side and at certain off-campus locations.
Starting October 5, 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.
To view the vaccination schedule for 2015, visit: http://www.ors.od.nih.gov/flu/Pages/vaccine_sched.aspx
Staff ages 65 and older will be eligible to
receive a high-dose vaccine that stimulates a stronger immune response. People
age 65 and older tend to develop lower levels of protective antibodies with a
traditional dose vaccine. To learn more about the high-dose flu shot, visit: http://go.usa.gov/PAUY.
All staff (including contractors) with a valid NIH identification badge will be provided the seasonal flu vaccine free of charge while supplies last. Please dress appropriately in clothing that will let you quickly expose your upper arm; changing areas will not be available.
In 2008, the Clinical Center Medical Executive Committee mandated that all staff who have patient contact—nurses and doctors but also clerks, housekeepers, and others—must be vaccinated against influenza or complete a declination form. Immunization of health-care workers has been proven to save patient lives, especially in immune-compromised patients. Declination must be done in person at
Occupational Medical Service (Building 10/6C306). Documentation will be
required for all declinations, as well as for immunizations received outside
NIH. Those who submitted written provider documentation of most medical
contraindications last year need not do so again. Those who have severe egg
allergies will no longer be exempt if egg-free recombinant vaccine (Flublok) is
available. Interested staff should review the following information before
visiting the clinic: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/qa_flublok-vaccine.htm.
- If you have questions about the influenza vaccine, call the Clinical Center Hospital Epidemiology Service (301-496-2209)