Influenza Vaccination Program
The 2013-2014 season is the third year of the mandatory influenza vaccination program at Jefferson. Our institution has joined other healthcare facilities that value patient safety and have achieved high rates of vaccination for our staff and students. If you are an employee or student, please review the Influenza Vaccination policy #200.82 for the full details.
Flu Vaccines Now Available!
The vaccine is available for employees, students and volunteers on a walk-in basis during the standard UHS office hours. As of November 25, 91 percent of Hospital employees have been vaccinated.
Please download the Influenza Vaccination Program flyer (PDF) for the dates, times and locations the flu shot will be available at the Center City Campus and Methodist Hospital.
Deadline for compliance with flu vaccination is December 1, 2013 by 11:59 p.m.
Influenza Vaccination Exemptions
If you need to request exemption from receiving the vaccine due to a medical or religious reason, the official form must be completed by your medical doctor or your religious leader annually and submitted by October 31st of each year. Requests for exemption will undergo a formal review and will be considered on a case by case basis. The exemption forms can be downloaded below.
Learn More About the Flu Vaccine
As written on August 22, 2013, by Anne Schuchat, MD, Assistant Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
"The 2012-2013 influenza season was a reminder of how unpredictable and severe influenza can be. Influenza activity began early in the United States and was high for 15 weeks. The season also was more severe than recent seasons. Hospitalization rates, especially in older adults, were the highest recorded since CDC began tracking that data, and deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P & I) were the highest recorded in nearly a decade. Sadly, the number of pediatric deaths (158) also was the highest since that type of surveillance began, with the exception of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic."
For more information, please visit the following sites: