Mask requirement goes into effect when flu season begins
All faculty, staff and students are invited to get a free flu shot at the clinic being held Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Towsley Lobby. There are only two clinics remaining. The final clinic is on November 28 also at the Towsley Lobby.
The Health System has again joined health care institutions throughout the country in requiring the influenza (flu) vaccination or protective mask use during flu season for all UMHS employees who interact face-to-face with our patients in any way or enter patient rooms for any reason. The deadline to be vaccinated is December 1.
As flu season approaches, you’ll receive more information and reminders — and a message about the start of mask use once the flu arrives.
Please bring both your UMHS ID badge and your blue registration badge to the flu clinic. Registration cards may be obtained at the registration desk on the 2nd floor of the MedInn Clinic from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or at the desks on the first and third floor of the Taubman Center.
To see a schedule of clinics, visit http://www.med.umich.edu/u/hsh/fluoctschedule.pdf
How does the requirement apply to you? Use this simple guide:
If you are required to receive a TB test from Occupational Health Services each year, you will need to receive a flu vaccine by Dec. 1, or complete and submit a form stating that you have declined vaccination for medical, religious or other specified reasons.
If you decline vaccination, you will be required to wear a surgical or isolation mask for all face-to-face patient interactions or when entering patient rooms during flu season, which typically begins in late December or January and lasts several months. You will receive a message at this time, telling you when mask use will begin.
If you are not required to receive a TB test each year, we strongly encourage you to get the flu vaccine. However, if you have not been vaccinated and you need to interact face-to-face with a patient or enter a patient room for any job-related reason during flu season, you will need to wear a surgical or isolation mask.
If you are required to provide proof of an outside TB test each year: You must provide proof of flu vaccination received elsewhere by Dec. 1, or wear a mask during face-to-face patient interactions or when entering a patient room during flu season. This applies to health-professions students from other areas of U-M and other institutions, vendors and contractors who work in our patient care facilities.
More information about this year’s flu prevention program is available here.