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Suite 640 Medical Arts Building
Nashville, TN 37212
Influenza Vaccine Program
The influenza (flu) vaccine is a benefit for all Vanderbilt University and Medical Center faculty and staff. Yearly flu vaccination helps to reduce sick time, medical costs and the spread of flu in the community. The best defense against the flu is getting vaccinated. We encourage everyone to be vaccinated to protect themselves, and to reduce the risk that you could spread flu to others, such as patients, coworkers and family members.
Vaccine is available each year from early fall through the end of March in the Occupational Health Clinic, at our satellite clinic at One Hundred Oaks, and through a vast array of mobile flu onsites so everyone can find an event that is convenient for them.
To expand access even further, we offer a Peer Vaccination Program, where licensed professionals can administer flu vaccine to their coworkers.
Flulapalooza was held on September 25, 2013 and 12,195 members of the Vanderbilt community received flu shots! Thank you to everyone who participated.
The Occupational Health Clinic will be offering three different types of flu vaccine this year!
1. Fluzone – An inactivated vaccine licensed for people over 6 months of age, containing 3 strains of the virus. Fluzone will be available at all OHC events and in the Occupational Health Clinic. Fluzone prefilled syringes are the primary vaccine used by OHC, and this brand is latex-free and thimerosal-free.
2. FluMist - A live, attenuated vaccine containing 4 strains of the virus, administered as a nasal spray. FluMist is licensed for ages 2 through 49. FluMist is very effective in children, but is not as effective as the traditional injection for adults. For people with an aversion to needles it is better to take FluMist than no vaccine. Because of storage requirements, this will only be offered in the Occupational Health Clinic and not at onsite events. FluMist is latex-free and thimerosal-free.
3. FluBlok - An inactivated vaccine containing 3 strains of the virus, approved for adults ages 18 through 49. FluBlok is grown in cell culture rather than in chicken eggs, and it can be given to people with egg allergies. Individuals with egg allergy may receive this vaccine upon request; allergy testing is not required. This vaccine will only be available at the Occupational Health Clinic, not at onsite events. FluBlock is latex-free and thimerosal-free.
Occupational Health does not offer the following types of flu vaccine:
- Quadrivalent Injectible – Some injectible vaccines have 4 strains of the virus this year. We did not order this type of vaccine because availability was uncertain, and OHC needs to provide a consistent product to all employees.The CDC does not recommend this more highly than the trivalent (the traditional flu shot).
- High Dose – This vaccine is approved for people age 65 and older. Neither the CDC nor ACIP have expressed preference for the high dose over the traditional vaccine.
- Intradermal – This vaccine is delivered into the skin through a smaller needle. OHC does not offer this because it has a very high rate of local reactions, and does not provide better protection than regular vaccine.
Report your external vaccine! Some people may get vaccinated at their doctor’s office or someplace outside our program. Medical Center staff who are vaccinated outside the OHC program, even if vaccinated by a Vanderbilt provider, should report their vaccine to OHC using the online self-report form during vaccination season. To meet the Medical Center’s reporting requirements, employees must either receive the flu vaccine through VOHC, self-report flu vaccine received elsewhere, or complete the exemption form.
Managers: What is your department’s compliance rate? To find out, log in to MyVandy and view the Yearly Medical Center Influenza Program Report – Weekly Update. If you are a manager but do not have access to this report, follow these directions to request access.
Vanderbilt Infection Control and Prevention Flu Website
Offsite Clinic Vaccination Policy
CDC Influenza Page
Inactivated Influenza Vaccine Information Sheet
Live, Intranasal Influenza Vaccine Information Sheet
Complete a yearly Health Risk Assessment
Leader’s Guide to the Flu Reports
Influenza Vaccine will be available at the following events: