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.)
Vaccine Administration Sites at the DMC
Walk-ins welcome at DMC Occupational Health Services (UHC, SGH and HVSH) beginning Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Central Campus – University Health Center 4K:
7 a.m. – 4 p.m. (M-F)
DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital – 2 Main West:
7 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. & noon – 3:00 p.m. (M-F)
DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital - Ground Floor:
7 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. (M-F)
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, 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