Flu vaccine distribution set for Oct. 15-16Tweet
by Susan Johnson, Ph.D.,
Director of Health Promotion
Flu season is just around the corner and MUSC Employee Health is preparing to fight this illness among employees. Five to 20 percent of Americans contract influenza yearly, and on average around 200,000 of them are hospitalized with the illness or complications related to the disease.
With an estimated 36,000 deaths annually from influenza and its complications, it is the nation’s eighth leading cause of death. CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommend that all health care workers get an annual flu vaccine. By getting vaccinated, health care workers can protect their health, their family’s health and the health of their patients.
Flu vaccine is available for all MUSC employees and students. Beginning last year the compulsory influenza policy (C166 on the Intranet) was updated to eliminate personal choice as a reason for declining and eliminate mask wearing for non-recipients. Religious reasons and medical reasons (history of paralyzing illness or allergy to eggs for those age 50 and older, a non–egg based vaccine is available for those 49 and younger) are the only valid reasons for declining. Those who refuse the vaccine for other reasons are at risk of termination of employment or termination of volunteer or academic relationships. This policy applies to the following: MUSC Medical Center employees, trainees, students/visiting students, volunteers, contract staff, medical staff, temporary workers, medical residents, and volunteers. This applies whether paid or unpaid staff.
For fast and convenient service, employees are encouraged to receive the flu vaccine at one of the campuswide satellites hosted by Employee Health Services and Infection Control. Bring your MUSC ID badge and your MUSC ID number (located in My Records). Students may obtain the vaccine from Student Health Services, however agency and other non-MUSC paid employees are not eligible. The annual Flu Vaccine Tent Event is scheduled for Oct. 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Library and ART porticos and on Oct. 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Library portico. Food vendors will be on site so get your lunch and flu shots at one convenient location. Updates and other flu satellites will be announced soon and will be posted on http://www.musc.edu/ehs website.
- Flu vaccine tents: food trucks and healthy grab-and-go options will be available Oct. 15 and 16. Check broadcast messages.
- The October Mindful Challenge is to change it up: explore something new - take a new route! Take the Monthly Mindful Challenge survey at http://tinyurl.com/ok8gk5t (A link to final survey will be sent at month’s end to those who take the first survey).
- Employee Fitness Series: Wednesday, Oct. 15, 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. Strength and Conditioning at the MUSC Fitness Park (behind Drug Discovery on the grass), weather permitting. Class will tone and strengthen lean muscles with a cardio workout. Free day pass to the MUSC Wellness Center for all participants. Check in at the Wellness Center membership desk for information or email email@example.com to register.
- HCC mobile van will be located behind the Clyburn Research Plaza performing digital mammograms for employees on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Call 792-0878 to make an appointment
- Worksite screening — Thursday, Oct. 23, Wellness Center Auditorium. The screening, valued at about $350, is available to employees of the State Health Plan (including the MUSC Health Plan) for only $15 (covered spouses also can participate for $15). Employees and spouses without this insurance can participate for $42. Register at http://www.musc.edu/employeewellness.
- Coupons for Crops is an MUSC Urban Farm Initiative to recognize outstanding staff behaviors. Coupons are redeemable for Urban Farm produce. Pick up locations on Tuesdays (Urban Farm) or Wednesdays (Horseshoe from 12 to 1 p.m.). Managers should email firstname.lastname@example.org with coupon requests.