November 13, 2012
UCAR's SEASONAL FLU (Influenza) VACCINATION PROGRAM
**THIS INFORMATION APPLIES TO THE SEASONAL VACCINE ONLY.**
Sponsored by the UCAR Wellness Advisory Committee
UCAR's Wellness Advisory Committee (WAC) sponsors annual, seasonal flu-vaccination clinics at UCAR's Boulder & Cheyenne campuses: FL, CG, ML, RAF/Jeffco, NWSC-Cheyenne Data Center. No registration is required. This event offers FREE seasonal flu vaccinations for UCAR employees, retirees, their spouses/partners and dependent (adult) children 18-26 years of age (Note: For dependent children under the age of 18, it is recommended you work directly with your child's health care provider for these services). Optional FluMist is also available at each location upon request and co-pay of $19/pp to be paid by participants.
- 2012 Schedule
- Additional information on the influenza vaccination
- Additional information on the live, attenuated influenza vaccine - LAIV (nasal spray)
For those who can't attend the on-site clinics, you can schedule an appointment for the seasonal flu vaccination at any of the following Passport Health facilities listed below. UCAR staff visiting the Boulder or Cheyenne Passport Health locations must show their UCAR employee ID/access card (no voucher needed). Vouchers are required for retirees and eligible dependents and at all Passport Health locations. Vouchers are ONLY valid at these select Passport Health locations during the dates provided on the vouchers or while vaccine supplies last. To receive a voucher, contact Cheryl Cristanelli, x8708, email@example.com.
|Passport Health (Boulder*)
2355 Canyon Blvd, Suite 100
Boulder, CO 80302
*No voucher required for UCAR staff at Boulder location - show employee ID/access card. Vouchers are required for retirees and eligible dependents.
|Passport Health (Cheyenne*)
109 E. 17th St., Suite 64
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Open the first Tuesday of each month
*No voucher required for UCAR staff at Cheyenne location - show employee ID/access card. Vouchers are required for retirees and eligible dependents.
|Passport Health (DC)
2021 K Street NW., Suite 310
Washington, DC 20006
|Passport Health (Silver Spring)
1734 Elton Road, Suite 112
Silver Spring, MD 20903
|Passport Health (Bethesda)
10401 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
|Passport Health (NJ)
Princeton Pike Corporate Center
993 Lenox Dr., Suite 200
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Passport Health (Largo)
1100 Mercantile Lane, Suite 135
Largo, MD 20774
The Flu Shot - Injection (Free to UCAR staff, retirees, their spouses/partners, and dependent children 18-26 years of age):
The regular flu vaccine contains killed influenza virus of the types selected by the U.S. Public Health Service and the Center for Biologics Evaluation & Research of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The types of virus included are those that have most recently been causing influenza. The vaccine will not give you flu because it is a killed virus vaccine. As with any vaccine, flu vaccine may not protect 100% of all susceptible individuals.
Optional Nasal Flu Spray - FluMist® (Available on request; $19/pp co-pay paid by participants:
The nasal flu spray contains weakened live influenza viruses of the types selected by the U.S. Public Health Service and the Center for Biologics Evaluation & Research of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The types of virus included are those that have most recently been causing influenza. Made from weakened live viruses, the flu spray is engineered not to cause disease. As with any vaccine, nasal flu spray may not protect 100% of all susceptible individuals. The FluMist® is available on request at UCAR on-site locations and Passport Health facilities for $19/pp co-pay paid by the participants. Payments made to Passport Health - cash, check, credit cards, and medical debit cards accepted.
RISKS AND POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:
Influenza vaccine generally causes only mild side effects that occur at low frequency. Most commonly, the injection vaccine may cause a sore or tender arm where the injection was given, or possibly fever, chills, headache, or muscle aches. The most common reactions to the nasal flu spray are runny nose in all ages, low-grade fever (100-102F) in young children and sore throat in adults. These side effects usually last 24 to 48 hours. Most people who receive the vaccine either have no reaction or only mild reactions. There is a possibility, as with any vaccine or drug, that an allergic or other serious reaction, or even death, could occur. Also, medical events completely unrelated to the vaccine may occur coincidentally following vaccination.
The Flu Shot Vaccine is NOT RECOMMENDED for those who have:
The Nasal/FluMist® is NOT RECOMMENDED:
- Allergy to eggs or egg products, chicken proteins, or any component of the vaccine.
- Prior history of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)
- Acute febrile illnesses (Fever over 101ºF)
- Anaphylactic reaction to a previous dose.
- Allergy to thimerosal (preservative found in contact lens solution).
If any of these conditions exist, please contact your health care provider prior to getting the vaccine
If you have allergy to eggs, egg products, gentamicin, gelatin, arginine or reactions to a previous dose
- Children or adolescents (<17 years) receiving aspirin or aspirin-containing therapy
- The flu spray should not be given to any of the following individuals unless the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks: pregnant individuals,
immunocompromised persons, persons with a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome, persons with asthma or reactive airways disease, or any person with an underlying medical condition that may predispose to complications of influenza.
- People fifty (50+) years of age or older shouldNOT receive FluMist®.
Staffers traveling outside the U.S. on UCAR business should visit the SaSS Travel Advisory/Hazard web site at: http://www.fin.ucar.edu/sass/travel/index.html for the most current updated information, or contact Bob Wiley, x8554, firstname.lastname@example.org
(This event is offered as a service, and participation is voluntary. UCAR does not endorse or recommend any product or service associated with this event.)