INFLUENZA SEASON START DECEMBER 18TH, 2013

To date this has been a quiet start to the influenza season. However, it is typical for the seasonal influenza disease to begin in the latter part of December. In addition, a number of states including Massachusetts are now beginning to report cases of influenza. Consequently, UMMMC will initiate it’s influenza season policy effective Wednesday December 18 in accordance with UMMMC policy 5034.

In this regard, all physicians, licensed independent practitioners, graduate medical education trainees and medical students are required to receive a flu shot unless they receive an exemption, not a declination. All physicians, licensed independent practitioners, graduate medical education trainees need to contact Dr. Philip Adamo's office at 508-856-6976 to request an exemption of the flu shot. Medical students should contact Student Health Services at 508-334-8464 to request an exemption.

For all other UMMMC Workforce members not listed above, receipt of the influenza vaccination is strongly encouraged. Annual Influenza vaccination or the proper wearing of a hospital approved surgical mask while at work in Clinical Care Buildings during the flu season is required. This includes all for all employees, contracted and vendor personnel, volunteers and trainees.

Students who have not yet received an influenza vaccine and wish to do so can obtain the vaccine by calling Student Health Services 508-334-8464 and making an appointment.