Prevent the spread: The importance of getting your flu shotNov. 10, 2022, 3:50 PM
As a reminder, VUMC faculty and staff are required to meet compliance requirements for flu vaccination by Friday, Nov. 18. Help stop the spread of the flu and protect yourself and others this season.
Flu season is here and it’s important to get a flu vaccination to reduce your risk of getting and spreading the flu to others. Getting a flu shot helps protect those around you who may be vulnerable to becoming very sick. Patients who visit our hospitals, clinics, and facilities range in age and levels of risk. Some patients come in for a minor illness while others visit for treatments that make them more vulnerable to having a severe case of the flu.
“Flu is a respiratory illness that impacts millions of Americans each year. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, especially among young children, adults 65 years and older, and adults living with a chronic health condition,” said Lori Rolando, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Director of the Occupational Health Clinic. “In addition to preventing infection for yourself, you are also reducing the risk of spreading it to others that are more susceptible to illness.”
Protecting yourself and others against the flu is vital and the Occupational Health Clinic makes it easy for you to obtain your flu shot.
- Visit the Occupational Health Clinic (OHC) at Medical Arts Building, 6th Floor Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. without an appointment. You can also view other options OHC has available.
- Utilize the Peer Vaccination Program, which enables eligible staff members to vaccinate their coworkers.
- Take advantage of our OHC Comes to You onsite schedule or request a departmental onsite event.
- Stop in at a convenient location in the community, including the Vanderbilt Health Walk-in Clinics or Vanderbilt Health Clinics at Walgreens. It’s important to report vaccinations received outside of Occupational Health Clinic and the Peer Vaccination Program. Please upload your vaccine provide documentation at How Can I Report a Vaccine I Received Outside OHC on the Occupational Health Clinic website.