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Staff Urged to Get Free Flu Shot by Oct. 14

Gail Grant, MD, medical director of Resource and Outcomes Management, receives a flu shot from Amanda Mongiello, RN.

Help Cedars-Sinai protect patients, visitors and colleagues by getting an annual flu vaccination by Friday, Oct. 14.

This year, staff working in all patient care areas, including the Medical Network, and those who have business at the main medical center will be required to be vaccinated. Exceptions may be given for those with approved medical exemptions per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Flu vaccinations are free and will be available to all employees, medical staff and volunteers. Vaccines have been ordered and a schedule of flu clinics will be emailed soon and will be available in future issues of Pulse and on the Intranet homepage.

"This year we hope to exceed the 93 percent vaccination rate that we reached for all employees last year," said Jonathan Grein, MD, director of Hospital Epidemiology. "Getting the flu vaccine is the most important step toward protecting ourselves, our families and our more vulnerable patients, such as those without a strong immune system, from the complications of influenza."

Staff members with a confirmed egg allergy documented with Employee Health Services (EHS) may schedule a vaccination appointment with EHS in My CS-Link™. Green badge buddies will be issued at the time of vaccination, and those who decline vaccination will be issued orange badge buddies.

All badge buddies must be visibly worn by Nov. 1. These HIPAA-compliant badge buddies are the easiest method to ensure that everyone is in compliance with Cedars-Sinai policy and the County of Los Angeles Public Health Order.

Anyone who declines the vaccine will not be permitted to work in any patient-care areas, including the Medical Network or the main medical center, during the flu season, which runs from Nov. 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017.

  • Staff members who work in a patient-care area and decline the vaccine will be eligible to request assignment to a non-patient-care area outside the medical center. While Cedars-Sinai will make efforts to find alternative work, the organization cannot guarantee it will be available. Staff members should be aware that the organization also cannot guarantee shift or location or type of work; flexibility will be expected and appreciated.
  • If other work is not available, a staff member may use accrued PTO/VHS or be on an unpaid leave. However, staff members must make themselves available to work if they are provided another work assignment.

Additionally, staff working in the Davis Research Building, Steven Spielberg Building, Thalians Health Center and the research floors of the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion must be vaccinated. In the main medical center and throughout the Medical Network, staff visiting general public areas, such as lobbies, entrances, eating areas, such as the cafeteria, and pedestrian walkways will be required to be vaccinated.

To request a medical exemption, a staff member must have their medical provider complete the Medical Exemption from Influenza Vaccination form, available from EHS. The request for exemption will be reviewed by a physician panel, which will determine if it meets criteria for an exemption based on CDC guidelines. Please return the completed form to EHS on the second floor of the Spielberg Building by Monday, Oct. 3.

For more information, please call Employee Health Services at 310-423-3322 or Hospital Epidemiology at 310-423-5574. For the Medical Network, please call the infection preventionist at 310-248-7106.

Family members of staff are invited to get free vaccines at the staff family flu and blood pressure screening on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on the second floor of the Steven Spielberg Building. For more information, please call 310-423-9581.