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January 24, 2011

Flu Season is Here -- Masks Required!

This entry should be read by both PERC Staff and Tech Squad Volunteers.

Hello Volunteers:

Beginning at 7:00 a.m., Friday morning, January 21, members of the UMHS community (staff, students, volunteers) who have not been vaccinated against the flu are required to wear a protective mask during all face-to-face patient interactions or when entering a patient’s room.

This requirement applies to all members of the UMHS community (including volunteers!) who interact face-to-face with patients in any way. Face-to-face interaction includes entering a patient room for any job-related reason as well as checking patients in and out of U-M clinical facilities, and other types of patient-related activities.

The “masks on” requirement will remain in effect until the end of flu season. You will receive another message notifying you when masks are no longer required.

There are still opportunities to be vaccinated for free by visiting Occupational Health Services, located on the 3rd floor of the Med Inn Building. Occupational Health Services is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. If you have been vaccinated outside UMHS, be sure to provide proof of vaccination by faxing your information to OHS at (734)763-7405.

Those who have not been vaccinated and do not wear a mask when interacting with patients are considered to be out of compliance with this important safety policy. This requirement demonstrates to patients and visitors our strong commitment to protecting them from a virus that can cause serious illness in the most vulnerable.

If you have been vacinated but did not get a sticker for your ID badge, please let me know; I will get one for you.

If you would like additional information about the Flu Season Policy, please click on the following link: http://www.med.umich.edu/u/flu/

Thanks for your compliance with this important safety requirement.

Lori

Posted by monti at January 24, 2011 08:43 AM

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