As pandemic-era restrictions ease, and life, for many, resumes familiar rhythms, the flu is once again a threat.
That’s why, to protect you and people around you, it’s essential to get your influenza vaccine, which will be available at no cost to Duke staff and faculty starting September 15.
“Masking and distancing have greatly reduced the transmission of flu during the past two seasons, but this season, we’re likely to see a resurgence of transmission,” said Dr. Carol Epling, executive director of Duke Employee Occupational Health & Wellness (EOHW). “So, getting the vaccine is even more important this year.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza activity usually begins in October, peaks between December and February, and can continue until May. In North Carolina, 17 people died from influenza during the 2021-22 flu season.
The influenza vaccination is a condition of employment for Duke University Health System and Duke University School of Medicine employees. The deadline to show proof of vaccination, or to receive an approved exemption, is 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 15.
It is strongly recommended for Duke University staff and faculty to receive the vaccination. During the last flu season, roughly 39,400 Duke staff and faculty members received the flu vaccine or had an approved exemption.
Duke Employee Occupational Health & Wellness (EOHW) will offer walk-in vaccinations at the Orange Zone in Duke South EOHW Clinic, and pop-up walk-in clinics at Duke Regional Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital. Vaccinations will also be available by appointment at clinics in Duke Medicine Pavilion, Blue Devil Tower and at the Duke Health Technology Solutions facility in Research Triangle Park. All staff and faculty can also get vaccinations at the "Flu Fighters" vaccination clinics on campus through October.
Staff and faculty are encouraged to complete the online consent process up to 48 hours in advance of receiving their vaccination and bring their personal QR code (printed or visible on a device) to the vaccination site.
For vaccination clinic locations, hours, appointment information and resources for reporting vaccinations received outside of Duke, visit flu.duke.edu.
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