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Flu shot clinics available to UT community

Because health-care workers are at increased risk for exposure to illnesses, The University of Toledo Medical Center has updated its immunization policy to encourage and promote vaccinations.

UTMC 957 flu shot 11x17Among the updates is a requirement that those who have direct contact with patients receive the influenza vaccine to protect both employees and patients from the illness.

Health-care workers, who are defined as employees, medical staff, students, volunteers and contract personnel providing direct patient care, need to be vaccinated by Sunday, Dec. 1, or decline via the Influenza Declination System and wear a mask for protection when interacting with patients or caregivers. Stickers for ID badges will be provided to those vaccinated.

“Many hospitals and other health-care facilities nationwide have moved to a mandatory program for influenza vaccination due to the high number of cases of seasonal influenza,” said Dr. Carl Sirio, vice president for medical affairs and associate dean for clinical affairs, who also serves as the chief medical information officer.

“The flu is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States with about 36,000 people dying annually, so our goal is to get as many people vaccinated as possible at UTMC.”

Annual vaccination against seasonal influenza is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for adults to reduce risks of becoming ill with influenza or transmitting the virus to others.

As the flu season approaches and to help employees comply with the updated policy, UTMC is providing free vaccinations for employees and students throughout October and November. To accommodate employees and all work shifts, the flu vaccine will be available 24 hours at the nursing administration office in Mulford Library.

Flu shots will be given during clinics:

• Tuesday, Oct. 8, — UTMC sixth-floor lobby from 7 to 11 a.m.

• Thursday, Oct.10 — UTMC fifth-floor lobby from 7 to 11 a.m.

• Tuesday, Oct. 15 — UTMC fourth-floor lobby from 7 to 11 a.m.

• Thursday, Oct. 17 — UTMC third-floor lobby from 7 to 11 a.m.

• Tuesday, Oct. 22 — UTMC first- and second-floor lobbies from 7 to 11 a.m.

• Wednesday, Oct. 23 — Collier Building lobby from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Thursday, Oct. 24 — Collier Building lobby from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Friday, Oct. 25 — Student Recreation Center during Welloween from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Tuesday, Oct. 29 — Health Education Building lobby on Health Science Campus from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Wednesday, Oct. 30 — UTMC basement from 8 a.m. to noon

• Thursday, Oct. 31 — Health Education Building lobby on Health Science Campus from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Tuesday, Nov. 5 — Stranahan Hall lobby from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Wednesday, Nov. 6 — Law Center SLK Lounge from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Thursday, Nov. 7 — Health and Human Services Building lobby from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Tuesday, Nov. 12 — Rocket Hall lobby from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Wednesday, Nov. 13 — Memorial Field House lobby from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Thursday, Nov. 14 — Student Union entrance near the fountain from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Tuesday, Nov. 19 – UTMC Four Seasons Bistro’s Pinnacle Lounge from 6 to 10 a.m.

• Wednesday, Nov. 20 — UTMC Four Seasons Bistro’s Pinnacle Lounge from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Thursday, Nov. 21 — UTMC Four Seasons Bistro’s Pinnacle Lounge from 3 to 7 p.m.

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