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Seasonal Flu Shots for Penn Faculty and Staff
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September 15, 2009, Volume 56, No. 03

Having the flu is never pleasant. To help you prepare for this year’s flu season, the Division of Human Resources is again partnering with Occupational Medicine to provide seasonal flu shots on campus at a discounted cost for full- and part-time Penn faculty and staff. You must pre-register online to receive a flu shot.

While the seasonal flu vaccine is an important measure you can take to protect your health, keep in mind that it does not provide specific protection against novel H1N1 influenza. The University has spent the summer months making preparations to handle any potential outbreak of novel H1N1 flu on campus. (See Preparing for Influenza at Penn) For more information on how Penn is preparing for pandemic flu, visit www.upenn.edu/flu.

When can I get a seasonal flu shot?

Wednesday, October 7, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Thursday, October 8, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Friday, October 9, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Monday, October 12, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

How do I pre-register for a seasonal flu shot?
Pre-registering is easy—just visit www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/flushots.aspx and follow the step-by-step instructions. You can register up until the day before the date you select. But time slots fill up quickly, so we encourage you to pre-register as soon as possible. The first and last time slots typically fill up most quickly, so try selecting some time in the middle for easier registration. If you arrive during the middle of your scheduled time slot, your wait time may be shorter.

Where can I get a seasonal flu shot?
On-campus seasonal flu shots will be administered at four convenient locations—the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), the Wharton School, the School of Nursing, and the School of Design. You’ll see the exact locations when you pre-register online.

What do I need to bring to the seasonal flu shot site?
You’ll need to bring the following items with you in order to receive a seasonal flu shot:

• $22 cash (You may be eligible to receive reimbursement from your health care provider.  Health insurance and pre-tax expense account reimbursement information will be available at each flu shot site.)

• Your PennCard

• Your confirmation sheet from the online registration process

Remember to wear clothes that provide easy access to your upper arm. 

CVS and Walgreens Flu Immunization Program

CVS MinuteClinics and Walgreens Take Care Clinic are partnering to provide a comprehensive flu immunization program. You can contact each clinic directly for hours and participating locations. Costs of the flu shots may vary depending on your insurance provider.  Visit the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/flushots.aspx for more information.

General Info About H1N1 Influenza

Considering the international outbreak of novel H1N1 influenza, the planning process for this year’s flu season has been more extensive than in previous years. The University has spent the summer months making preparations to handle any potential outbreak of novel H1N1 flu on campus. A campus-wide task force has been meeting regularly to review and enhance emergency plans specifically related to pandemic flu, working closely with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and other health officials to help reduce the risk of infection for the Penn community and to plan for possible disruptions to our normal operations.

While the seasonal flu vaccine is an important measure you can take to protect your health, it does not provide specific protection against novel H1N1 influenza.

To learn more about how the University is preparing for novel H1N1 influenza and other information about the flu in general, (see below) and visit www.upenn.edu/flu. You can also learn more about the importance of seasonal flu shots by watching Penn Health System’s educational video, Baby Be Wise—Immunize!, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruGgZbAVnko.

Questions? If you have questions about the flu shot program or the pre-registration process, contact the Division of Human Resources at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@hr.upenn.edu.

—Division of Human Resources

Related: Preparing for Influenza at Penn

 

Almanac - September 15, 2009, Volume 56, No. 03