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Free Seasonal Flu Shots

FOR: HCHB Employees

On Tuesday, October 21, 2008, the Herbert C. Hoover Building (HCHB) Health Unit, Room 6046, will begin giving free-of-charge seasonal influenza vaccinations to Department employees working in HCHB and the Ronald Reagan Building. This year there is an ample supply of vaccine.

During the week of October 20th, vaccinations will be administered on the following schedule on a first-come, first-serve basis:

  • Last names starting with A-H will be on Tuesday, October 21, 2008
  • Last names starting with I-Q will be on Wednesday, October 22, 2008
  • Last names starting with R-Z will be on Thursday, October 23, 2008

The week of October 27th, vaccinations will be administered on the following schedule:

  • Last names starting with I-Q will be on Tuesday, October 28, 2008
  • Last names starting with R-Z will be on Wednesday, October 29, 2008
  • Last names starting with A-H will be on Thursday, October 30, 2008

After October 30th, 2008 the flu vaccinations will be administered November 4-6 on a first-come, first-serve basis. Depending on demand, additional dates and times may be announced. The HCHB Clinic flu vaccination hours are 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. each scheduled day.

All persons wishing to be vaccinated must completethe FOH Flu Vaccine Acknowledgement (Form 52). The FOH Flu Vaccine Acknowledgement Form and a Flu Vaccine Information Sheet are available in the HCHB Health Unit and online at:http://home.commerce.gov/health/Flu_Season_sched.html. To speed the vaccination process, it is recommended that you download the Acknowledgement Form, and bring the completed form with you when you come to get your vaccination. FOH advises that pregnant women and nursing mothers are no longer required to complete additional forms.

If this is your first influenza vaccine injection or you have not had the vaccine in over five years, you must remain in the Health Unit for 20 minutes after your injection so you can be monitored in case of an adverse reaction. If you have received the influenza vaccine in prior years and have not had a reaction, there is no need to wait.

The HCHC Health Unit advises persons who are allergic to or have developed a serious reaction to chicken eggs or to a previous dose of influenza vaccine, or have a history of Guillain Barre Syndrome to not receive the vaccine. If you have questions on influenza vaccinations, need assistance in determining your risk status, or wish to discuss vaccination contraindications, you may go to http://www.cdc.gov/flu/ or contact the HCHB Health Unit at (202) 482-4088.

Individuals preparing for travel abroad who would like to receive an influenza vaccination before traveling should contact David Wynn at 202-482-0545 or via e-mail at dwynn@doc.gov.