September 20, 2018

2018 Flu Vaccine

By msequeira

It's that time of year again. We have received enough flu vaccine to start vaccinating all our staff and patients.

Official Flu Campaign

The official flu campaign will run from Monday, October 1 through Friday, November 16, 2018. The Cancer Center will offer its employees influenza vaccines through Friday, November 16, 2018.  After Friday, November 16, 2018, employees will need to find their own source for getting a flu shot through December 1, 2018. All staff working at the Cancer Center and CRF are strongly encouraged to get the flu vaccine as early as possible as you are the first line in caring for our patients.

The University received the quadrivalent vaccine this year that covers 4 strains of influenza.

Exceptions

There will be 3 exceptions to not receive the flu vaccine this year.   They are:

  1. Medical Reasons
  2. Personal Reasons
  3. Religious Reasons

**If you opt out of getting the flu vaccine you must complete the required paperwork and turn it into the 4th floor Infusion Suite no later than Friday, November 16, 2018. If you are opting out of the flu vaccine you are required to wear a surgical mask anytime you are at work during the flu season.   Masks must be worn beginning December 1, 2018 through the end of flu season, which will be determined by Dr. Brett, UH Epidemiologist.

Documentation

We are required to document whether or not you received the vaccine.

  • If you receive the vaccine at the UNM Health System you will be given a sticker indicating that you have been vaccinated for the 2018 – 2019 flu season.
  • If you receive the flu vaccine any place other than the UNM Health System you must bring documented proof showing that you received the vaccine to the 4th floor Infusion Suite between 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Monday – Friday, in order to receive the sticker indicating compliance.
  • If you chose not to receive the flu vaccine, you must complete the consent declining the vaccine.

If you have an egg allergy, you can still get a flu vaccine.   Please contact UH Employee Health at 272-2517 for information.

**Please note the consents say “UNM Hospitals”.  This form is for all staff working within the Health System regardless of your hiring organization.

Schedule

Flu Vaccine Schedule begins Monday, October 1, 2018:

Staff

1201 Camino de Salud
Where:       4th floor Infusion Suite - check in at reception desk
When:        Monday - Friday – Starting Monday, October 1, 2018 – Friday, November 16, 2018.
Time:         4:00 – 6:00 pm ONLY as to not interfere with patient care.

CRF
Where:       Room G25
When:        Friday, October 12, 2018
Time:         1:00 – 4:00 pm

Patients

Where:       4th Floor - check in at reception desk - appointments are preferred but they will accept walk-ins as well.
When:        Monday – Friday - Starting Monday, October 1, 2018
Time:         8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Family members

We cannot vaccinate friends or family members.   They can get their vaccines at any UH vaccine clinic, their PCP's office, citywide vaccine clinics or a local pharmacy.

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