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Flu Information for Healthcare Workers

The CDC is encouraging healthcare workers to get vaccinated for flu each year. The current trivalent vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that will be most common this season: Influenza A (H1N1) virus, Influenza A (H3N2) virus, and Influenza B virus.

The current available flu vaccine in the DMC is the trivalent vaccine which protects against the three viruses mentioned above. Other vaccines exist this season are the quadrivalent vaccine, administered by an intra-nasal spray (live-attenuated vaccine), or by an intra-dermal rout (inactivated vaccine). These vaccines protect against the same viruses as the trivalent vaccine as well as an additional influenza B virus.

The CDC recommends any of the available vaccines without any preference for use of any particular vaccine over another, except for specific contra-indications (see www.cdc.gov/flu ).

DMC employees need to get the flu vaccination as soon as it is available in early fall for optimal protection. The available vaccine is the inactivated trivalent vaccine.

GETTING VACCINATED EARLY IS IMPORTANT FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS - It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body.

Consistent with policy and our commitment to patient safety, DMC requires that all DMC employees, medical staff, volunteers and students working in hospitals and other DMC facilities are annually vaccinated against influenza ("the flu").

This policy is designed foremost to PROTECT OUR PATIENTS. Additionally, this fulfills CDC, The Joint Commission, other regulatory agency and national professional society patient safety recommendations. We also benefit because this will help to protect us and our families from influenza illness.
  • According to the CDC, influenza is a serious disease that hospitalizes >200,000 and kills 20-30,000 persons per year.
  • Hospital patients are at risk for serious, even fatal, complications if exposed to healthcare workers with the flu.
  • Flu can be spread even the day before symptoms become apparent.
  • The flu vaccine is effective and safe.
  • Serious side effects are rare; not being vaccinated is a far greater risk.

The flu vaccine will be provided at no cost to DMC employees, medical staff, students and volunteers through mass vaccination clinics, roving/unit-based vaccinators, and on a walk-in basis at Occupational Health Services (see list below). Be sure to bring your DMC ID badge, and for DMC employees, also bring your employee ID number. It may be helpful to wear short sleeves.

If you have received your flu vaccination at an outside facility, or have allergy to the vaccine, please provide documentation (from your vaccine provider or physician) to Occupational Health Services as soon as possible but no later than October 30, 2015.

Vaccine status will be identified by a "15" flu badge sticker. Please remove your 2014 badge sticker at this time. If you are vaccinated elsewhere, you can obtain this year's flu badge sticker from Occupational Health Services upon presentation of valid documentation of your vaccination.

Additional authoritative information regarding the flu vaccine can be found at www.cdc.gov/flu.

Vaccination Attestation Form
Physicians who are members of DMC Medical Staff who must provide a Vaccination Attestation Form can complete and submit one at this link (This form is located on the DMC Intraweb; users will need to have a DMC-supplied username/password. Only physicians can complete self-attestation forms.)


Employee Vaccination Sites
Walk-ins welcome at DMC Occupational Health Services (UHC, SGH and HVSH) beginning

Monday, September 12, 2016

Central Campus, University Health Center 4K: 7 am4 pm (M-F)

Sinai-Grace Hospital, 2 Main West: 7 am10:30 am & 12 noon3:00 pm (M-F)

Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital Ground Floor Suite GNA 111: 7 am3:15 pm (M-W and F, Thursday 9 am -1 pm)

Mass Vaccination Events

DMC Harper/Hutzel Hospitals (Flu & TB Assessments)
Unit – TBD

Sept. 29 – Thursday 6 am4:30 pm and 9 pm – 12 midnight

Sept. 30 – Friday 6 am4:30 pm
Oct. 1 – Saturday
6 am – 12 noon
Oct. 3 – Monday
6 am4:30 pm and 9 pm – 12-midnight
Oct. 4 – Tuesday
6 am4:30 pm
Oct. 5 – Wednesday
6 am4:30 pm

DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan
3rd Floor Sleep Clinic (GCRC)
Oct 6 – Thursday - 
7 am2:30 pm


CHM Stilson Center
Oct. 12 – Wednesday
8 am1 pm


CHM Pediatric Specialty Center
2nd floor Ambulatory Infusion Center
Oct 11 - Tuesday
8 am – 12-noon & 1 pm3 pm

CHM Cafeteria Atrium
Oct 26 – Wednesday
6:30am –9:30 am and 1:30 pm4:30 pm

DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital
University Health Center Lobby
Sept. 15 – Thursday 
6 am4:30 pm
Oct 18 – Tuesday
6 am4:30 pm

DRH Main Hospital Entrance - Patient Discharge Lounge 2L-21
6:30 am8:30 am
6:30 am8:30 am

DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan
Auditorium, Basement Level
Oct 13 – Thursday
6:30 am9:30 am and 2:30 pm4 pm
Oct 25 – Tuesday
6:30 am1 pm

RIM Novi
Oct 3 – Monday
11:30 am –  2 pm

DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital
Roving vaccination cart on patient care units

Thursday, Sept. 15 – Wednesday, Sept. 21


Main Street (Located near the Outpatient pharmacy)
Sept. 22 – Thursday   
7 am11 am and 12:30 pm3:15 pm
Sept. 26 – Monday    
7 am11 am and 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm

DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital
Orchard Lobby Entrance
Sept. 20 – Tuesday
7 am – 12-noon

HVSH Unit Rounding Mobile Vaccination Station
Starting September 21 – Oct. 5  (2-3 days a week on patient care units)


Old Hutzel/KEI
Oct 7 – Friday
6:00 am3:30 pm

Orchestra Place
2nd floor Break Room
Sept 27 – Tuesday
9 am11 am and  12 pm3 pm
Oct  19 – Wednesday
9 am11 am and  12 pm – 3 pm



Inpatient Vaccination for Patients
The vaccine will be offered to all patients admitted to DMC between the dates of September 2015 to April 2016, unless contraindicated.

Children six months through eight years of age may need two doses of flu vaccine. Children in this age group who receive vaccination for the first time, or who have received less than total of two doses of influenza vaccine before July 1, 2015 require to doses for the 2015-2016 season. The interval between the two doses should be at least four weeks.

For the latest information for healthcare professionals, please follow the following link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention @
Information for Healthcare Professionals or Vaccination for Healthcare Workers.

Infection Control/Precautionary Measures for Healthcare Workers
DMC Infection Control Precautions for Flu
N95 Respirators, Fit Testing and Respirator Certification
Workplace Exposure to Flu Guidelines for DMC Employees


Flu Testing & Guidelines
DMC Healthcare professionals should use the following algorithm to test patients for flu: 
Flu Testing Algorithm Updated September 2015. 

Other reference material:
DMC Emergency Department Flu Guidelines 
DMC Emergency Department Flu Medication Guidelines 
CDC Influenza Treatment Guidelines 
Oseltamivir Fact Sheet - Healthcare Professionals  
Oseltamivir Fact Sheet - Patients & Parents 
Zanamivir Fact Sheet - Heathcare Professionals 
Zanamivir Fact Sheet - Patients & Parents























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