Photo gallery: Flu vaccine exemption deadline coming Nov. 1
As part of Michigan Medicine’s influenza vaccination policy, faculty, staff, students and volunteers must receive their annual vaccine by Dec. 1, 2017 or receive an approved exemption. Those with an approved exemption or declination will be required to wear a mask in patient care areas.
If you have a religious belief or medical condition that prevents you from receiving the flu vaccine, you must submit an exemption form to Occupational Health Services for review by Wednesday, Nov. 1.
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.
Michigan Medicine offers a number of convenient opportunities for you to get your flu shot on campus, including free flu clinics in October and November:
Vaccines are also available at Occupational Health Services in the Med Inn Building or from clinical unit flu liaisons. On Thursday, Oct. 26, OHS will open beginning at 5 a.m. for faculty and staff who would like to receive their flu vaccination. Make sure to have your ID badge when you arrive and you’ll receive a sticker for your ID badge after getting the shot.
If you get your flu shot at your doctor’s office, pharmacy or any other location outside of Michigan Medicine, make sure to get documentation on paper with your name on it. Give this to your department’s compliance contact so they can record it and give you a sticker for your ID badge. Please be aware that, in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu mist is not an acceptable alternative to the flu vaccination.
Later this year, the Infection Prevention and Epidemiology team will notify everyone when flu season begins, which will alert those who received an exemption or declination to start wearing a mask before they enter clinical areas.
On behalf of everyone at Michigan Medicine, thank you for doing your part to protect the community from the spread of the flu!
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