Flu Vaccination

Join the 2016-2017 Universal Flu Vaccination Campaign

It is strongly encouraged that everyone receive the flu vaccine as one measure to keep you and your family safe from the effects of the influenza virus. Please keep in mind that it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu. The vaccination is FREE to all College employees and students.

Students in clinical courses who for whatever reason choose to decline the vaccination will be required to sign a declination form. At the bottom of the form, please be sure to print “St. Vincent’s College” on the Department line, your nine digit Student ID starting with 5000… on the Employee ID# line and circle “Student” in the Non-Employee section.

Beginning on December 1, 2016, anyone providing care or service with a six (6) foot radius of our patients will be expected to wear a surgical mask. This would include anyone entering a patient room, providing direct patient care or service, staff transporting patients through the hospital corridors, staff presenting information in a group or individual forum with a patient, and face to face outpatient interventions. Masks will not be required in areas where students or staff may casually encounter patients in waiting areas, hallways, cafeterias. This mask requirement will continue through the duration of the CDC defined flu season even if a declination form is signed. Students who do not comply with this requirement by the December 1 deadline will be unable to report for clinical assignments (including assessments) at St. Vincent’s organizations and all affiliating institutions. Students who have clinical experiences at affiliating institutions should consult their program faculty member or program chair for other requirements. Should a question arise from patients or family members regarding the wearing of masks please inform them “that we are using masks, hand washing and vaccination as methods to ensure their safety”.

If you choose to decline the vaccine at this time and opt to the wear the mask, you will still have access to receive the flu vaccine after December 1, which will release you from the mask requirement.   Thank you for helping us keep our patients safe and creating a healthy learning and work environment for the St. Vincent’s community. For more information regarding the flu, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Where can I get the vaccine?

We are kicking off the 2016-2017 Universal Flu Vaccination Campaign with a Flu Vaccine Blitz on Friday, October 7th from 7:30 am to 5 pm with multiple vaccination stations in the Cancer Center – Level 4 Hawley Conference 3A/B. Additional flu clinics both off-site and at the Medical Center will also be available.

After the Flu Vaccine Blitz, caccinations can be received in the following locations:

  • Student & Employee Health office (level 1M of Medical Center): Monday – Friday, 7:30 am to 4 pm
  • Outpatient Pharmacy (off Medical Center lobby): Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 6:30 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 3 pm

I received the vaccine elsewhere, what do I do?

Those students who choose to receive the vaccine outside of the St. Vincent’s organization will be required to submit documentation from the provider with the date received to the Student & Employee Health Office in order to be documented for compliance.  Include your nine digit Student ID starting with 5000… on the document. The documentation can be emailed to flu@stvincents.org. However in order to receive the sticker for your Student ID badge you will need to stop by the Student and Employee Health office located on level 1M of the St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

If you have any questions, please contact Student and Employee Health at 475-210-5333.