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Influenza Prevention Program

Mark Stacy

September 19, 2018

Colleagues,

Influenza is a life-threatening medical issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the 2017-2018 influenza season was one of the worst in recorded history in terms of flu-related hospitalizations and flu-associated deaths in children. In North Carolina alone, there were nearly 400 influenza-associated deaths. As health care providers, we share an obligation to protect ourselves, our families, our patients and their families.

Therefore, we expect 95 percent of faculty, staff and learners on our campus to be vaccinated against this potentially fatal illness by November 1, 2018. 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 November 1 may face disciplinary action.

Employees and learners who wish to seek an exemption for medical or religious reasons can submit a request to fluvaccine@ecu.edu. These requests will be thoroughly reviewed before an exemption is granted. New CDC recommendations require individuals who were granted exemptions last year to reapply for 2018-2019.

Employees on the Health Sciences Campus who are not involved in direct patient care should still be vaccinated because they likely interact regularly with someone who is.

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.

The following FREE flu shot clinics for employees are scheduled this fall across ECU:

  • 9/25: Mendenhall Student Center, Great Room 1 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
  • 10/9: East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU, Conference Rooms B-D (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
  • 10/10: Laupus Library, 4th Floor gallery (9 a.m-1 p.m.)
  • 10/12: Brody Medical Sciences Building, Brody Commons (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
  • 10/16: Ross Hall (School of Dental Medicine), Room 2312 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
  • 11/1: Health Sciences Student Center, Room 202 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

Banner ID number, insurance card and ECU 1 Card are required. Children and spouses are welcome. Pediatric nurses will be available to vaccinate children after 2 p.m. on each date, with the exception of 10/10 and 11/1.

Additional details on the clinics and annual vaccination program can be found on this website. If you have additional questions after visiting the website, email them to fluvaccine@ecu.edu.

Thank you for your commitment to this important effort.

Sincerely,

Mark Stacy, M.D.
Interim Vice Chancellor Health Sciences
Dean, Brody School of Medicine