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Influenza Prevention Program

Phyllis Horns

September 20, 2016

Colleagues,

Influenza continues to be a serious medical issue facing our community. As health care providers, we share an obligation to protect our patients, their families, and ourselves.

Therefore, we expect 95 percent of faculty, staff and learners on our campus to be vaccinated against this potentially fatal illness by November 2, 2016. That percentage marks the vaccination rate needed to achieve community immunity and protect East Carolina University's Division of Health Sciences against the flu. Influenza vaccination is mandatory for all clinical staff.

Individuals who fail to meet the vaccination deadline of Nov. 2, 2016, may face disciplinary action. We do have a process for workers or learners who demonstrate that an exemption is warranted based on a medical contraindication or a sincerely held religious belief, practice or observance. These requests will be thoroughly reviewed before an exemption is granted.

Those employees on the campus who are not involved in direct patient care should still be vaccinated. Even if you are not in a clinic, you are likely interacting - over lunch, in meetings, or in our classrooms - with someone who is. Our goal is to protect as many people as possible.

Influenza vaccinations can be obtained from any source selected by an employee or student as long as documentation of vaccination is submitted through the approved process. Additionally, six flu shot clinics are scheduled this fall across ECU for employees and their family members.

  • Sept. 28 - Brody Medical Sciences Building (2W-40)
  • Oct. 5 - Murphy Center (Harvey Hall)
  • Oct. 6 - School of Dental Medicine (Ross Hall Auditorium)
  • Oct. 12 - The Croatan (Green Room) Canceled
  • Oct. 19 - East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU
  • Oct. 26 - The Croatan (Green Room)
  • Nov. 2 - Mendenhall Student Center (Great Rooms 2&3)

At those convenient clinics, the co-pay for the vaccination will be waived for employees who present their insurance, ECU (banner) ID number and 1Card. Each will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with pediatric nurses available after 2 p.m.

Additional details on the clinics and annual vaccination program can be found on this website. Here, you will also find the procedures for receiving and documenting your vaccination, schedules for immunization clinics, vaccine information sheets, vaccination consent forms, exception request forms, FAQs and other details. If you have additional questions after visiting the website, email them to fluvaccine@ecu.edu.

Many thanks for your commitment to this important effort.

Dr. Phyllis N. Horns
Vice Chancellor Health Sciences