FEMA Safety, Health and Medical Readiness Division is working closely with Federal Occupational Health to prepare for this year’s annual flu vaccinations for FEMA staff. Based on FOH current projections, SHMR anticipates the availability of the flu vaccine in mid-October 2012. Once the vaccine arrives SHMR will follow up with an All-Hands message.
The (1) flu shot will provide protection against the three flu virus strains including: Influenza B, H1N1 and H3N2. The vaccinations will be provided to all FEMA employees on a voluntary and no-cost basis to include Permanent Full-Time, CORE, Local Hire, and Disaster Assistance Employees.
In the interim and throughout the flu season, there are a number of important actions that employees can take to prevent or minimize exposure to the flu:
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze as well as throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand lotions.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to avoid the spread of germs and viruses.
- Avoid or minimize contact with sick persons during the flu season.
- Stay at home if you are sick in order to limit contact with others to keep from infecting others.
- Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoid crowds to the extent possible, and utilize other social distancing measures.
Utilizing these measures will help you to reduce your risk of coming into contact with the flu virus. FEMA employees are encouraged to participate in this program. For question please contact FEMA-Safety-Health-and-Medical-Readiness@fema.dhs.gov or you may call Paula Presley at (202) 646-4213.