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. FEMA Safety, Health and Medical Readiness anticipates the availability of the flu vaccine in mid-October. Once the vaccine arrives, FEMA Safety, Health and Medical Readiness will follow up with an all-hands message.
The flu shot will provide protection against the three flu virus strains including: Influenza B, H1N1 and H3N2. FEMA Safety, Health and Medical Readiness will provide the vaccinations to all FEMA employees, including permanent full-time, CORE, local hire, and disaster assistance employees on a voluntary and no-cost basis.
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 (202) 646-4213.