By Jason Hedden, Mission Support
Flu season is approaching. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 24, flu shots will be available to FEMA employees. One flu shot will provide protection against the three flu virus strains including Influenza B, H1N1 and H3N2. The vaccinations will be provided on a voluntary and no-cost basis to all FEMA employees: Permanent Full-Time, CORE, Local Hire, Reservist, and FEMA Corps.
The Safety, Health and Medical Readiness Division will make the vaccination available onsite at various FEMA National Capital Region locations in the coming weeks to accommodate employees throughout the region. SHMR will also contact FEMA Safety Officials and others to coordinate vaccinations for FEMA employees at Joint Field Offices, Regional Offices and other area locations.
If located at or near FEMA Headquarters, please receive your flu vaccine at the FEMA HQ Heath unit, information below:
Where: FEMA Health Center at 500 C St., Wash. DC, Room 714H
Time: Mon – Fri – 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Contact: Susan Petit, RN – 202-646-3851, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please have your FEMA ID with you to obtain the vaccine. If possible, wear a short sleeve shirt as the vaccination has to be administered to the upper arm. If you are currently ill or have experienced a fever, please wait 48 hours after symptoms resolve before receiving the vaccine.
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. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use 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 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 use other social distancing measures.
These measures will help flu germs and viruses from spreading. FEMA employees are encouraged to participate in this program.
Reservist employees who are not deployed can locate a Federal Occupational Health clinic closest to them, by contacting FOH Information Referral Service Hotline 800-457-9808, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.