Flu Resource Center
Mandatory Masking Extended Through April 15
As a result of the high level of influenza in our area, please be aware that mandatory masking for team members who declined to receive the influenza vaccine will continue through Monday, April 15. In the interest of patient/guest and team member safety, Hackensack Meridian Health’s Influenza Prevention policy states the March 31 end date may extend depending upon the level of influenza activity.
We will continue to monitor the level of influenza activity throughout our communities and will provide further updates when mandatory masking is lifted. Please note that free flu vaccinations continue to be offered through Occupational/Employee Health network wide – please see site-specific details and schedules.
At Hackensack Meridian Health, our mission is to create and sustain healthy, vibrant communities. You can help fulfill our mission by getting your flu shot today!
Please see details for your entity below and links to individual site schedules listed on the right.
Hackensack University Medical Center
It is flu season again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have stated that flu vaccination is the most effective method for preventing the flu and it’s potentially severe complications. It is the responsibility of all team members to keep themselves, their families, and the patients of HUMC safe and healthy. Employee Health will be offering the seasonal flu vaccine to all team members, physicians, licensed independent practitioners, and volunteers starting in October.
As with other EH clinics, we will be making our way to your departments to administer the flu shots. Stay tuned for updates via the intranet and The Pulse regarding locations of where we will be! As with prior years for those who decline the vaccine, mandatory masking policy will be in effect as of Dec 1st, 2018. If you have any questions about when and where we will be, please call Hana Iqbal @ extension 4222 or as always you can email us at Employee.Health@hackensackmeridian.org
JFK Medical Center
It’s that time of the year again! We will begin our mandatory annual requirements for PPD and Flu Shots on October 1, 2018. The deadline for submitting any declinations will be 10/31/18 as in prior years. All medical declinations will be reviewed by Dr. Ritch and all Religious declinations by Human Resources and will be approved and/or denied.
The deadline to complete these mandatory requirement for all employees is December 1st, 2018. The deadline is a few weeks earlier than in past years since the dates have been harmonized network wide. Please do not wait until the last minute to complete these requirements.
There will be stations at select locations throughout the months of October and November. Dates, times and locations for the month of October can be found here.
- Please bring your ID badge.
- Due to availability of flu shots we will not be able to accommodate family members.
- Anyone with egg allergies and needing egg free flu shot would need to bring documentation from your physician.
- For those who want to have it on any given day we will have other staff members throughout the hospital to administer.
- We will not be coming out to off-site facilities but will work with certain areas that have some unique circumstances.
- Anyone who has had PPD/Flu shot testing in 2018 should bring documentation to be compliant.
- Flu shot Declinations for Religious reasons must be submitted to HR by October 31, 2018 and for medical reasons to Occupational/Employee Health by October 31, 2018.
If you have any questions, please contact Employee Health at 732-321-7000, ext. 61143.
Our Influenza Vaccination Policy requires all team members, employed physicians, and volunteers who will be within six feet of a patient or patient area to be vaccinated against influenza based on policy guidelines or wear a mask from December 1 of each year through March 31 of the subsequent year. Annually, each team member, employed physician, and volunteer must do one of the following by the declared deadline date of November 30:
- Accept the influenza vaccine; or
- Provide proof of influenza vaccination received elsewhere with the signed Flu Vaccine Authorization form; or
- Decline the influenza vaccine/wear a mask effective December 1 through March 31 of the subsequent year (unless otherwise noted).
For more details including the Influenza Vaccination Policy and FAQs, visit the Flu Resource Center under Resources on the Intranet.
Palisades Medical Center
Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu shot each year.
It is the responsibility of all team members to keep themselves, their families, and the patients of HMH Palisades Medical Center safe and healthy. Employee Health will be offering the seasonal flu vaccine to all team members, physicians, licensed independent practitioners, and volunteers. Please contact Employee Health for further details regarding flu vaccinations.
Raritan Bay Medical Center
It is flu season again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have stated that flu vaccination is the most effective method for preventing the flu and it’s potentially severe complications.
It is the responsibility of all team members to keep themselves, their families, and the patients of Raritan Bay Medical Center safe and healthy. Employee Health will be offering the seasonal flu vaccine to all team members, physicians, licensed independent practitioners, and adult volunteers starting in October. They will have office hours and they will be visiting departments to administer the flu shots. Please review the Employee Health schedule for dates and times. Flu shots must be obtained by Dec 1st.
Flu Vaccination/ FIT Testing/ Tuberculosis Schedules
Click on your site’s Flu Vaccination/FIT Testing/Tuberculosis schedule for the days, times and locations. Remember to bring your photo ID badge with you.