Flu season is coming

September 15, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

This year, Michigan Medicine is continuing its commitment to creating the safest possible environment for patients, families and employees.

As part of that effort, faculty, staff and trainees will once again be required to receive an influenza vaccination or approved exemption. The organization’s goal is to achieve 100 percent policy compliance among faculty and staff by Dec. 1, 2017. The Infection Prevention and Epidemiology team will provide notification on the official start of the flu season.

As established in 2015, the organization’s flu policy requires employees — including those who work off the main medical campus — to get a flu shot or an approved exemption. Those with an approved exemption or declination will be required to wear a mask in patient care areas for the entire flu season.

AFSCME and MNA/UMPNC bargaining unit members should refer to their union contracts and memoranda of understanding pertaining to flu vaccinations for additional information. The MOU for AFSCME employees is available here and the MOU for MNA/UMPNC is available here.  Per the MNA/UMPNC MOU, bargaining unit members may receive an approved medical or religious exemption or decline the vaccination for other reasons.

Stay tuned to Headlines for more information on upcoming flu fairs across Michigan Medicine, which begin on Oct. 2. Faculty and staff can also get the vaccination through their unit flu liaison or at Occupational Health Services.

Thank you for your efforts in making Michigan Medicine safe for everybody!