November 15, 2002

Flu shots available for staff, faculty

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Dr. Jim Jirgis, who enjoys the flexibility of VUMC’s wireless plan, uses his PDA to access patient information while not in the office. (photo by Dana Johnson)

Flu shots are being given by Vanderbilt’s School of Nursing at Green Hills Mall on Saturday, Nov. 16, from noon until 6 p.m. Cost of the shots are $15 each; adults and children 8 years old and older are eligible for the shots.

From now through Jan. 31 the Occupational Health Clinic (OHC) will offer free flu shots to staff, faculty, and volunteers, said Dr. Melanie Swift, the medical director of OHC. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend shots for people who work in health care settings.

The shots will be given on a drop-in basis at the Occupational Health Clinic at 640 Medical Arts, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Swift emphasized that staff and faculty must bring their ID badges with them to receive the shot.

Shots will not be given to people who are allergic to eggs or other components of the influenza vaccine, or people with a respiratory infection, multiple sclerosis, a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome or persistent neurological illness. Pregnant women may receive the vaccine with the approval of their obstetrician.

Departments or areas with at least 25 people who want shots can arrange to have the clinic come to you, with nurses setting up in your area to give shots. For medical departments requesting on-site service, the OHC will also arrange for TB skin testing to be done at the same time.

To arrange on-site service or for more information, call OHC at 936-0955.