Occupational Health Service

Flu Vaccine Program: Fall 2016-2017

Influenza Vaccine Information for the 2016-2017 Flu Season:

Influenza (“flu”) is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States, usually between October and May. Flu is caused by the influenza virus. Influenza is spread by coughing, sneezing or nasal secretions. The virus can cause: fever, cough, sore throat, headache, chills, muscle aches and fatigue. Influenza viruses are always changing. Because of this, influenza vaccines are updated every year, and an annual vaccination is recommended. Influenza vaccine can prevent influenza. Influenza vaccine is the best protection we have from flu and its complications. It is recommended that everyone receive the influenza vaccine, and most importantly, those individuals with any long term health problems such as: heart, lung or kidney disease, or a weakened immune system, women who are pregnant or intend to become pregnant during the flu season, and anyone in close contact with these categories of individuals.

Who Should NOT Receive the Influenza Vaccine?

  • Those with severe, life threatening allergies.
  • Individuals with egg allergies should consult with his/her personal physician to discuss use of albumen-free vaccine.
  • Those who are moderately to severely ill should wait until they recover to receive the vaccine.
  • Those who have had Guillain Barre Syndrome should consult their physician before receiving the vaccine.

PLEASE NOTE:
Anyone who works in a hospital or clinic setting may be asked to produce proof of vaccination. Individuals, whom for any reason do not receive a flu vaccine, may be asked to wear a mask in a clinical setting.

The OHS will be reaching out to departmental administrators to invite employees to come in to be immunized with the least amount of waiting time.

Contact

Ms. Tina Crane, R.N. (Nurse)

Location: Block Building Room 219.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM.
Phone: 718.430.3141