Influenza Vaccination Program
University Health Services will provide the 2016/2017 influenza vaccination this fall. Policies are being updated with some minor changes for our sixth year of mandatory vaccination.
The UHS vaccination season will begin with a student event, the FluFest, on September 28th and 29th. This event has been very well received in the past and several departments are working together to plan another successful event.
Vaccination for employees, students and volunteers begins on September 30, 2016 in University Health Services. As in 2015/2016, the quadrivalent seasonal vaccine will be administered by UHS. High dose influenza vaccination will be available for employee over the age of 65. In line with current ACIP recommendations, the nasal spray, a live influenza virus vaccine, will not be part of the vaccination program this year.
*Please see Jefferson's Influenza Vaccination Policy #200.82 for more information.
**Published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Influenza Vaccination Exemptions
If you would like to request an exemption due to a medical or religious reason, the official form must be completed by your medical doctor or your religious leader annually and submitted by October 31, 2016. Requests for exemption will undergo a formal review and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Prevent the Spread of Germs
Respiratory hygiene is an important part of the influenza infection control plan. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requests we stop the spread of germs that can make you and others sick.
Influenza (flu) and other serious respiratory illnesses like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) are spread by cough, sneezing or unclean hands.
To help stop the spread of germs:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Put your used tissue in the waste basket.
- If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
- You may be asked to put on a facemask to protect others.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.