Under the organization’s influenza vaccination policy, faculty, staff, students and volunteers must receive their annual flu vaccination by December 1st of each year Employees may submit a request for a religious or medical exemption by November 1st each year. Those with an approved exemption or declination will be required to wear a mask in patient care areas for the entire flu season. Members of bargaining agreement should refer to their union contracts and/or memoranda of understanding pertaining to flu vaccinations for additional information. Exemption and/or declination requests must be submitted each year.
There are many opportunities to get your flu shot at Michigan Medicine. When receiving your flu shot at Michigan Medicine, please make sure you have your Michigan Health System ID badge and your MRN number. This helps with compliance tracking.
Michigan Medicine clinic opportunities:
- Free flu clinics across the medical campus. Dates and locations will be posted this fall.
- From clinical unit flu liaisons.
If you receive your flu shot at your doctor’s office (including Michigan Medicine), pharmacy, or any other location outside of OHS, the OHS flu clinics, or departmental liaisons, you must submit documentation to FLU-OCC-HEALTH@med.umich.edu . Your department’s compliance contact will be able to access the compliance report for verification and give you a sticker for your badge.
The flu shot is given in the muscle of the upper arm, so please remember to wear appropriate clothing.
Each year, the Infection Prevention and Epidemiology team will notify everyone when flu season begins, which will alert those who received an exemption or declination to start wearing a mask in all patient care areas.
More information about the flu program, please visit the flu manager toolkit site.
The spread of influenza can be minimized by adhering to good respiratory hygiene which includes:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
- Clean your hands often, especially after coughing or sneezing. Wash with soap and water if available or clean with alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Visit the Infection Control website for tips on avoiding spreading illness