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Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC

 

Flu Vaccine

Flu Vaccine

Get your Flu Vaccine

Friday, October 7, 2016

Flu Vaccination For Employees, Veterans and Volunteers Is Now Available!

Employees can walk-in to Employee Occupational Health from 9 a.m.-Noon and from 1-3 p.m. Veterans, volunteers AND employees can go to the walk-in flu vaccination clinic across from Veteran Travel near the entrance to the South Building. Veterans should be offered vaccination at every clinic visit and hospitalization.

  • Those with egg allergies can now safely receive flu vaccination (egg allergy is no longer a contraindication to flu vaccine). For more information from the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/egg-allergies.htm
  • As was done in 2015-16, those 64 and younger will be offered the standard dose flu vaccine; those 65 and older will be offered the high dose (HD) flu vaccine.

VHA is currently reviewing a draft directive which would mandate that all VHA employees receive a flu shot or wear a surgical mask while in any VA medical facility during flu season.  The purpose of the directive is to protect our patients, many of whom are vulnerable to developing life-threatening complications from influenza. Vaccination of health care workers protects patients from influenza infection and death.

 

While some details may change during the approval process, it is anticipated that a final directive will be issued soon.  Flu shots will be available starting in mid-September. All staff are encouraged to get their flu shot to protect themselves, their family, and our Veterans.

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