We know how hard it can be to get vaccinated due busy schedules, competing priorities, and life in general. To help, we’re extending the 2017 Flu Campaign for two more weeks, moving the deadline to Friday, Nov. 17.
We have two goals this year for the campaign: 90 percent of faculty, staff, and volunteers receive a flu vaccination and 100 percent compliance with flu vaccine documentation in ReadySet. We’re really close to achieving both goals, but need your help to ensure we have maximum influenza protection for our staff and patients.
ALL UI Health Care employees and volunteers, regardless of percentage of time worked, must participate in the campaign, and are heartily encouraged to get a free flu vaccine.
How to get the shot
Employees can get a vaccine without an appointment at the University Employee Health Clinic (UEHC), 1097-1 Boyd Tower, at UI Hospitals and Clinics (Elevator A, Level 1). Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The CDC still does not recommend the use of the flu mist, so we are only using the shot this year.
Why get the shot?
The flu kills hundreds of thousands of people worldwide every year. The CDC estimates 12,000 to 56,000 deaths in the U.S. each year are related to influenza. That’s like losing up to 75 percent to the population of Iowa City to the flu. Every year.
You owe it to yourself, your family, your friends, and our patients to stay healthy, and avoid the flu. Participation in the 2017 Employee Flu Campaign is mandatory. And getting the shot is the right thing to do.
For more information, including tip sheets for using ReadySet, please visit The Point.
Oh, and here’s a thought: Get the shot!