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.
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.)
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 Michigan
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
Second floor Break Room
Oct 19 – Wednesday 9 am – 11 am and 12 pm – 3 pm
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