Friday, September 7, 2012

Flu vaccination for employees campaign begins

THE MGH OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE is kicking off its annual seasonal flu vaccination campaign for employees on Sept. 17. The program for inpatient vaccination will begin Sept. 10. Flu viruses are always changing, so an annual vaccination is recommended for all individuals ages 6 months and older. It takes up to two weeks for protection to develop after the shot, and protection lasts about a year.

“Vaccination is especially important for health care personnel,” says David Hooper, MD, chief of the Infection Control Unit. “By getting the flu vaccine you can protect yourself from influenza, and you will also reduce the chance that you could spread influenza to your patients or your family.”

Dates, times and locations of employee vaccination clinics are listed below. Staff should remember to bring their identification (ID) badges and wear clothing that rolls easily up to the top of the arm. New stickers for ID badges that indicate who has been vaccinated this year will be distributed to replace the green stickers from last year.

Main Campus clinics:

Monday, Sept. 17, to Friday, Sept. 21
7 am to 5 pm
Bulfinch Tents

Saturday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 27
9 am to 3 pm
Tea Leaves and Coffee Beans

Satellite clinics:

Tuesday, Oct. 2, and Monday, Oct. 15
10 am to 2 pm
Ambulatory Care Center, Main Conference Room, first floor

Charlestown Navy Yard (CNY)
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 8:30 am to 3 pm, and Wednesday, Oct. 10
8:30 am to 1 pm
CNY Building 149, first floor lobby

MGH West (Waltham)
Thursday, Oct. 11
Noon to 4 pm
PARC Conference Room, first floor, Room 190

Tuesday, Oct. 9
9 to 11 am
Training/Conference Room 211, second floor

Medford Registration & Referral Center
Tuesday, Oct. 9
1 to 3:30 pm
European Conference Room

Schrafft’s Center
Thursday, Oct. 18
8:30 am to 1 pm
Partners Conference Room, fifth floor

Those unable to attend the clinics noted above are welcome to visit Occupational Health Services at 165 Charles River Plaza, Suite 404 during regular hours or call 617-726-2217 to schedule an appointment.

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