Influenza is a serious health threat, especially for vulnerable populations like young children, older adults, and people living with chronic medical conditions. It’s important for people living with and caring for high risk persons to get vaccinated against influenza each year.
WVU Medicine will launch its flu campaign in October. All staff, providers, residents, and volunteers across the organization are, once again, required to receive the flu vaccine, unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption.
The Flu Campaign kick-off event is set for Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in conference rooms 3A/3B, which are located on the fourth floor of J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital.
Employees are encouraged to attend to get their flu shots. Employees should complete their ReadySet flu survey – available starting Tuesday, Sept. 20 – prior to visiting the event. Click here to access ReadySet to complete the survey.
Those who receive their flu shot during the Flu Campaign kickoff are eligible to win eight hours of PDO. There will be three winners.
Beginning Thursday, Oct. 6, flu shots will be available in the Employee Health office. Again, employees should complete their ReadySet flu survey prior to visiting Employee Health.
Employee Health is open weekdays from 6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The clinic is located on the second floor of J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in the former Administration Suite, which is beside the 2 West waiting room.
Employees getting flu shots are asked to wear short sleeves or sleeveless shirts, if possible. If you will be wearing a jacket, please make sure it's one that can be taken off for the inoculation.
If you work at an offsite location, Employee Health will be traveling to your location to offer flu shots. Click here to see the schedule.
Do you have a question about the flu vaccine? Check out these flu FAQs from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Employee Health has also put together additional flu FAQs to help answer questions you may have about the flu program.
Are you requesting a medical exemption for the flu shot? Your primary care provider will need to sign a medical exemption form. You will need to submit the signed exemption form to Employee Health and complete your online seasonal flu survey in ReadySet by Tuesday, Nov. 8.
If you are requesting a religious exemption for the flu shot, you will need to submit a completed religious exemption form to Employee Health by Tuesday, Nov. 8.
If you receive your flu shot from a provider outside of Employee Health, proof of the immunization must be provided to Employee Health in order to be compliant with the requirement for mandatory vaccination. You must bring your flu immunization record to Employee Health by Tuesday, Dec. 13, to fulfill the requirement.
Click here to view policy V.033 Influenza Immunization Program - Requirements for Employees, Volunteers, Physicians, and Residents.