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Update on NIH Foil the Flu

The NIH is pleased to announce interest in the Foil the Flu Annual Seasonal Influenza Immunization Program has already been overwhelming. With the campaign set to begin on Monday, September 28, over 4,000 employees have successfully scheduled an appointment with Occupational Medical Service (OMS) through the registration system ( Admittedly, this intense interest has led to some system delays, limiting a select number of employees ability to achieve a desired appointment. OMS understands the frustration and sincerely apologizes for the holdup. OMS has made changes to the appointment system and expects registrations to proceed much more smoothly.

Another concern for employees was the perceived lack of a firm confirmation that an appointment was successfully scheduled. Although you can visit the "Manage My Health Appointments" tab in the registration system and select "My Appointments" to view your appointment, OMS has added an auto-generated confirmation sent to an employee's work email account. The message includes the appointment date, time and location. Messages will also be sent to confirm appointment cancellations.

There are still plenty of slots available to register up until the end date on November 6. If you had trouble the first time, OMS encourages you to visit the site again and schedule an appointment. Google Chrome is the preferred browser for the Foil the Flu Registration application, on both Windows and MacOS. Firefox and Safari are also supported. Internet Explorer is not supported.

For the 2020 - 2021 Immunization Schedule and Online Appointment Registration, visit: For off-campus flu clinic locations and dates, parking information for off-campus sites, and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit:

If, after checking the Foil the Flu website, you still have questions, please contact OMS at 301-496-4411 or or the Hospital Epidemiology Service at 301-496-2209.

Foil the Flu is sponsored by: NIH Office of Research Services/Division of Occupational Health and Safety/Occupational Medical Service and the NIH Clinical Center/Hospital Epidemiology Service