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Get Vaccinated This Flu Season
Johns Hopkins holds staff vaccination clinics to prevent the spread of flu.
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Staff flu vaccination clinics are underway on select days and at select locations around the Johns Health System. All Johns Hopkins employees, trainees, postdocs, medical students and faculty members who have direct patient contact or work in a patient care area are required to get an annual flu vaccination.
Influenza is a contagious viral respiratory illness spread by coughing, sneezing or close contact with an infected person. Though flu season typically peaks between December and February, flu activity can begin to increase in October and run as late as May. The severity of the flu can range from mild to serious cases that lead to hospitalization or even death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that as many as 42.9 million people had the flu and up to 61,200 people died due to the flu between October 2018 and last May. Flu activity remained at high levels longer last season than in the previous few years.
Johns Hopkins experts recommend that everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine every year. “The vaccine is one of the best ways to not only protect yourself, but also to safeguard our patients, visitors, co-workers and loved ones as well,” says Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H., senior director of infection prevention for the Johns Hopkins Health System and CEPAR’s senior adviser and subject matter expert for infectious disease, epidemiology and public health. “The flu vaccine can prevent you from catching the flu or reduce the severity if you do get sick.”
Besides on-site clinics offered at Johns Hopkins Health System locations over the next few weeks, staff members of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Health System and The Johns Hopkins University will also again be able to get the flu shot at participating Walgreens stores, and submit proof of immunization through Occupational Health Services to receive credit for the vaccination. Staff at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital can get their vaccine at participating CVS stores. Johns Hopkins All Children’s staff members should submit proof of immunization to Occupational Health by scanning and sending their documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year, the deadline to comply with flu vaccination is Friday, Nov. 15, for staff at Baltimore- and Washington, D.C.-area Johns Hopkins Health System hospitals. At Johns Hopkins All Children’s, the deadline to comply is Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. Please be sure to keep your copy of your flu vaccine record after you receive your vaccine.
“In order to combat the flu, we encourage everyone to get vaccinated now so that you will be immune in time for the moment flu starts to circulate,” Maragakis says. “Practicing standard infection prevention tactics like washing hands and staying home when sick will also help prevent the spread of the flu.”
For more information about this year’s flu clinics at your respective entity, including dates and times, visit one of the following sites below. For sites not listed, please check with your respective organization for clinic details.
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