Free flu shots available Oct. 18 through Nov. 11

University employees and their spouses and domestic partners can receive free flu shots starting on Tuesday, Oct. 18, and continuing through Friday, Nov. 11.

The Johns Hopkins Department of Health, Safety and Environment has established a schedule of flu shot clinics at various university locations for faculty and staff who are not affiliated with the School of Medicine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that, with few exceptions, everyone 6 months of age or older be vaccinated for flu every year.

Employees should bring their university IDs and must accompany spouses and domestic partners at the time of their vaccines. Part-time employees for whom the university is the primary employer, and their spouses and domestic partners, are also eligible, but no children are included in this program. Everyone should wear clothing that makes upper arms accessible; the flu shot is given in the muscle of the upper arm near the shoulder.

Johns Hopkins will not be offering FluMist, the live-virus nasal spray vaccine, to employees this year, based on a CDC advisory.

Employees of the School of Medicine or of the Johns Hopkins Health System should check the Health, Safety and Environment website for information on flu vaccinations. All Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, and students who have direct patient contact at a Johns Hopkins Medicine facility—including through academic, research, and volunteer activities—are covered by a mandatory vaccination policy and can learn more on the website.

For more information, contact Occupational Health Services at 410-955-6211 (the East Baltimore office) or 410-516-0450 (the Homewood office).