Document Your Flu Vaccine Status Before Next Week’s Deadline

Wednesday, January 16 is the deadline by which all caregivers must have their flu vaccination status documented to comply with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health requirement and the Medical Center Influenza Immunization policy. Remember, all caregivers must do one of three things:

Many thanks to all who have already met the requirement! We are at more than 90 percent compliance! Visit the flu season page on OurNet for more information.

No Flu Shot? Mask Requirement Begins Saturday

flu iconBeginning this Saturday, December 15, caregivers who have not yet received the flu vaccine, have declined the vaccine, or have received a medical or religious exemption will be required to properly wear a hospital-approved surgical mask while at work or in training in clinical care buildings and sites where clinical care is provided. Remember, all caregivers must do one of three things no later than January 16, 2019: get vaccinated at  Employee Health Services on the Hahnemann Campus at 291 Lincoln Street, Suite 100, Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm; submit proof of immunization if you were vaccinated elsewhere; or submit a declination form. Many thanks to all who have already been vaccinated! Visit the flu season page on OurNet for more information.

Get Vaccinated! Attend Final Flu Fairs this Week

The influenza virus poses a serious threat to our patients, caregivers and others. That’s why our flu policy requires all caregivers to get the flu shot. We also are required to report the influenza vaccination status of every caregiver to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Get your flu shot at a Flu Fair this week on Wednesday, December 5, 9:30 to 11:30 am, Worcester Business Center, Bancroft and Hanover A Conference Rooms, or Thursday, December 6, 9 am to 1 pm, 333 South Street. Can’t make a Flu Fair? Stop by Employee Health Services, 291 Lincoln Street, Suite 100, Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. Don’t forget to bring your Kronos ID or driver’s license.
  • Submit proof of your vaccination to Employee Health Services if you get your flu shot elsewhere.
  • Submit a declination form to Employee Health Services if you aren’t going to be vaccinated.

Caregivers who haven’t received a flu shot will be required to wear masks in patient care areas beginning Saturday, December 15. Visit the flu season page on OurNet for more information.

Don’t Delay. Get Your Flu Shot Today!

Still need to get your flu shot? Don’t delay! The Medical Center flu policy requires all caregivers to get a flu shot and document having done so. Help us reach our 100 percent participation goal! The deadline for Medical Center caregivers to receive a flu vaccine or submit a declination form is fast approaching. Caregivers who decline the flu vaccination will be required to wear masks when flu season precautions are announced. Free flu shots are available:

  • Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Employee Health Services located at 291 Lincoln Street, Suite 100
  • Today, 9 am to noon, 100 Front Street, NE Aquarium Conference Rooms A & B
  • Wednesday, December 5, 9:30 to 11:30 am, Worcester Business Center, Bancroft and Hanover A Conference Rooms
  • Thursday, December 6, 9 am to 1 pm, 333 South Street

Did you get your flu shot elsewhere? Employee Health needs to know that, too. All caregivers must be accounted for. Learn about getting your flu shot elsewhere or visit the flu season page on OurNet for additional information.

Take a Shot at Prevention: Flu Season Is Here

fight the flu artworkFlu season has arrived! To help protect our patents and staff – as well as family and friends – the Medical Center flu policy requires all caregivers to get a flu shot and document having done so. Free flu shots are available on a walk-in basis at Employee Health on the Hahnemann Campus at 291 Lincoln Street. Free flu shot clinics are also scheduled for the following dates, times and locations:

  • Tuesday, November 27, 7 am to 5 pm, University Campus, Faculty Conference Room
  • Thursday, November 29, 9 am to noon,100 Front Street, NE Aquarium Conference Rooms A & B
  • Wednesday, December 5, 9:30 to 11:30 am, Worcester Business Center, Bancroft and Hanover A Conference Rooms

Visit Fight the Flu on OurNet for more information and updates to the Flu Fair schedule.

Flu Season Is Here: Take Action Now!

We are already seeing cases of flu, and indications are it could be a severe season for this dangerous disease. Take action now! Medical Center flu policy requires all employees to receive a flu vaccination, document having done so, or process an exemption or declination. For your convenience, free flu shots are available on a walk-in basis at Employee Health on the Hahnemann Campus at 291 Lincoln Street. In addition, you can get your flu shot at one of the Flu Fairs scheduled for the following dates, times and locations at the Medical Center:

  • Monday, November 5, 8 am to 12 pm, University Campus, Faculty Conference Room
  • Wednesday, November 14, 7 am to 4 pm, Memorial Campus, opposite the Cafeteria
  • Tuesday, November 20, 7 am to 5 pm, University Campus, Faculty Conference Room
  • Tuesday, November 27, 7 am to 5 pm, University Campus, Faculty Conference Room

Visit Fight the Flu on OurNet for information about Flu Fairs at other locations, updates to the Flu Fair schedule, and information on flu season safety precautions.

Simply Well: Six Tips to Boost Your Immune System

Sneezing, coughing, a runny nose … It’s not until you feel better that you’re thankful for your regular everyday health. No one likes to have a cold or flu, so in the latest blog post, Simply Well offers six tips that could help build your immune system and keep the germs away. It’s not just about handwashing. Visit Simply Well to learn more, and sign up to receive future blog posts in your email box.

Dr. Restuccia Weighs in on the ‘Man Flu’ Phenomenon

Dr. Restuccia

Moms can’t get sick days, so why can dads? Do men really suffer more from cold and flu symptoms than their female counterparts? In a recent NBC Boston story that described the symptoms of the man flu as exaggeration of illness, whining and excessive couch time, Marc Restuccia, MD, emergency medicine, was asked if respiratory illnesses affect men and women differently. “Professionally, as an emergency physician, I don’t see a huge difference,” he said. “Privately, I think there’s probably some truth to it.” The conclusion? More research is needed to find out if there is a biological explanation for the man flu phenomenon. Watch video.

Give the Flu the Boot and Earn myHealth Matters Points

Getting a flu shot isn’t only about protecting yourself. When you get immunized against the flu, you’re making sure you can’t pass it on to your family or colleagues and patients in the workplace. This year’s flu season has been particularly bad; make sure you aren’t contributing to the problem. If you are a benefits-eligible employee, here’s another reason to get your flu shot. You can earn 250 points on the myHealth Matters website when you complete the “Arm Yourself Against the Flu” challenge by March 31. Just submit your proof of immunization to your Employee Health Clinic and your points will be automatically awarded within four to six weeks.

Flu Fighters in the ED Crush Compliance Rates

 

Flu seems to be on everyone’s mind this year! At the Emergency Department on the University Campus, the leadership team took an active approach to ensure patients and staff were protected against the flu. This team, headed by Candra Szymanski, ACNO, and Allison Wendt, nursing education specialist, brought the flu vaccines to the front lines staff to enhance accessibility for employees. Their hard work paid off as they have currently achieved a 100 percent compliance rate in their department of roughly 270 employees! Although the ED is the largest department marking 100 percent compliance, it joins 333 other areas that reached this target. A huge shout out and thank you to Allison, the ED leadership team, and all our caregivers for their success in making patient safety a priority!