Severe Flu Illness Reported by CDC

February 16, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Announcements, Updates & Resources,

Flu season is in full effect and influenza activity is increasing across the country according to a recent health advisory released by the CDC, which has received several reports of severe influenza illness.  Here are a few reminders to help keep you, your colleagues, and our patients safe during flu season:

  • Get your flu shot!  All UMHS employees including regular and temporary staff, faculty, students, trainees, vendors, contract personnel, and volunteers must get the flu vaccine, regardless of clinical responsibility or patient contact.  This includes Medical School employees and those who work in nonclinical settings.  (Note: For staff covered by a collective bargaining agreement, the provisions of the contract shall apply).
  • Masks-On!  The mandatory “masks on” requirement went into effect Jan. 27 and applies to all employees who have not received their flu vaccine.
  • Seek treatment early if you do get sick.  The CDC recommends that antiviral treatment begin as soon as possible after illness starts; ideally within 48 hours of symptom onset.
  • Do not come to work if you are sick.  If you feel ill, talk to your manager and protect our patients and colleagues from getting sick by staying home.

Remember, when it comes to the flu, don’t give it.  Don’t get it.  Thanks for your cooperation.

If you would like more information about the UMHS flu prevention program, talk to your Supervisor or visit

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