HEALTH + WELLNESS

Flu shots for eligible employees begin on Oct. 7

Spouses, same-sex domestic partners may also receive free shots at the designated locations

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With pumpkin lattes and fall festivals arriving and a busy holiday season ahead, nobody wants to get sidelined by the flu. Johns Hopkins makes it easier for eligible employees to stave off the virus by offering free flu shots at convenient locations across its campuses.

The annual vaccination clinics begin on Monday, Oct. 7, on the East Baltimore campus and on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Homewood and other locations. Eligible spouses and same-sex domestic partners can receive flu shots as well.

The schedule and additional information is on the Department of Health, Safety and Environment website.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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 vaccinations. 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.

All Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, and students who have direct patient contact—including through academic, research, and volunteer activities—or who work in certain buildings on the East Baltimore campus are covered by a mandatory vaccination policy. More details are available on the Health, Safety and Environment website.

Anyone with questions should contact Occupational Health Services at 410-955-6211 (East Baltimore office) or 443-997-1700 (JH@Eastern office).