Power of Prevention: Keep patients, families and each other safe – get your flu shot

August 24, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

With flu season approaching, once again Michigan Medicine is committed to providing the safest possible environment for patients, families, employees and visitors.

Under the organization’s influenza vaccination policy, faculty, staff, students and volunteers must receive their annual vaccine by Dec. 1, 2020 or receive an approved exemption or declination. This includes all employees who may be working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those with an approved exemption or declination will be required to wear a mask in patient care areas for the entire flu season, even if COVID-19 mask requirements are lifted.

Members of AFSCME, BMETs of the Skilled Trades Union, IUOE, and UMPNC unions should refer to their union contracts and/or memoranda of understanding pertaining to flu vaccinations for additional information that applies to each of the respective unions.

What you need to know about this year’s flu season

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to alter our work environments, Occupational Health Services OHS) will be modifying the distribution of this year’s flu vaccine. There will be many opportunities to get your flu shot at Michigan Medicine, including free flu clinics across the medical campus. Vaccines are also available at Occupational Health Services in the Med Inn Building. Make sure to have your ID badge when you arrive and you’ll receive a sticker for your ID badge after getting the shot.

OHS is committed to providing resources in a safe manner that provides adequate social distancing and reduces large gatherings. New this year, registration will be required for all flu vaccine clinics. A full list of clinic dates and links to register for each are available here.

Areas with clinical unit flu liaisons are strongly encouraged to utilize these staff members to help provide the vaccine to staff. 

If you receive your flu shot at your doctor’s office, pharmacy or any other location outside of the OHS flu clinics, documentation must be provided, with the your name and UMID number on it, and sent directly to OHS via email to Flu-Occ-Health@med.umich.edu. Your department’s compliance contact will give you a sticker for your ID badge.

Later this year, the Infection Prevention and Epidemiology team will provide notification on the official start of the flu season. Those employees who have not been vaccinated, but have an approved exemption or declination will be required to wear a mask in patient care areas for the entire flu season, including if masks are no longer required due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any MNA/UMPNC bargaining unit member who wishes to decline the vaccination, please click here to submit a declination.

If you have a religious belief or medical condition that prevents you from receiving the flu vaccine, you may submit an exemption form for review by Nov. 1, 2020. These requests are annual, and must be re-submitted each year for approval.

It is important to clarify that flu clinics will ONLY be offering flu vaccinations and will not include a COVID-19 vaccination, serology testing or any other COVID-19 related service. The flu vaccination does not include a COVID vaccine. High dose influenza shots will also be available for those 65 years and older.

On behalf of everyone at Michigan Medicine, thank you for protecting our community from the spread of the flu!