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Flu Information for Healthcare Workers


The CDC is encouraging healthcare workers to get vaccinated for flu each year. The current inactivated influenza trivalent vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that will be most common this season: Influenza A (H1N1)-like virus, Influenza A (H3N2)-like virus, and Influenza B virus. For the current season, DMC has three different vaccines available. The regular trivalent vaccine (Afluria) which protects against the three viruses mentioned above

Other two vaccines include high-dose influenza vaccine (Fluzone) and influenza vaccine free of egg proteins (Flublok). High dose inactivated influenza vaccine is available in the DMC for persons aged 65 years or older to generate improved immune response and better protection against flu. All the available vaccines are latex free.Other vaccines exist this season such as inactivated influenza quadrivalent vaccine. The quadrivalent vaccine is administered by  intra-dermal route and protects against the same viruses as the trivalent vaccine as well as an additional influenza B virusFor 2016-2017 season, CDC has recommended against use of live attenuated influenza vaccine or the nasal spray vaccine because of concerns about its effectiveness.

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. If employees cannot get vaccinated,
wear a surgical mask in our hospitals, physician offices and outpatient centers from November 10 through March 31.  

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, 2016.

Vaccine status will be identified by a "16" flu badge sticker. Please remove your ”15” 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  must complete and provide a Vaccination Attestation form. (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.)

Administration Sites 

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

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Central Campus, University Health Center 4K: 7 am – 4 pm (M-F)
Sinai-Grace Hospital, 2 Main West: 7 am – 10:30 am & 12 noon – 3:00 pm (M-F)
Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital Ground Fl. Suite GNA 111:
7 am – 3:15 pm (M-W and F; Thurs. 9 am -1pm)

Mass Vaccination Events 

DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan
CHM Cafeteria Atrium
Oct 26 – Wednesday 6:30am –9:30 am and 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital
University Health Center Lobby
Oct 18 – Tuesday 
6 am – 4:30 pm
DMC Rehabilitation Institute of
Auditorium, Basement Level
Oct 25 – Tuesday 6:30 am – 1 pm

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

Monday, September 26 - Thursday, October 6

Main Street (Located near the Outpatient pharmacy)
Oct. 19  – Wednesday 7:15 am – 11 am and 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Oct. 28 – Friday
7:15 am – 11 am and 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Oct. 31– Monday 7:15 am – 11 am and 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Orchestra Place
Second floor Break Room
Oct  19 – Wednesday 9 am – 11 am and  12 pm – 3 pm 

Inpatient Vaccination for Patients
The vaccine will be offered to all patients admitted to DMC between September 2016 to April 2017, 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, 2016 require two doses for the 2016-2017 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. 

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 
Peramivir Fact Sheet - Healthcare Professionals 
Peramivir Fact Sheet - Patients & Parents
Zanamivir Fact Sheet - Healthcare Professionals 
Zanamivir Fact Sheet - Patients & Parents























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