Flu vaccine make-up day
Update: An additional flu vaccine make-up day has been added: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, from 1 to 2 p.m. Schedule an appointment today »
A flu vaccine make-up day will be offered Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, from 1-3 p.m. at the Health and Employee Wellness Medical Clinic in Bldg. 201. A limited number of vaccines are available.
Employees will need to register for an appointment through the Xink system.
The flu vaccine is available free of charge to all medically eligible Argonne employees.
- Please note: Argonne Associates are not eligible for the flu shot.
The flu vaccine for the 2017-2018 influenza season is now available at Argonne. This year the quadrivalent flu vaccine being offered is Flucelvax. This vaccine does not pose any risks for egg or latex allergies and does not contain thimerosal or antibiotics. Flucelvax is designed to protect against four different flu viruses; two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. Receiving the quadrivalent vaccine aims to give broader protection against circulating flu viruses.
Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
Quadrivalent vaccine cannot cause influenza illness, because the vaccine viruses used to make it are ‘inactivated’ (killed) or attenuated (weakened).
Additional information on Flucelvax is available here.
2017-2018 influenza vaccine
The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary in different parts of the country and from season to season. Most seasonal flu activity typically occurs between October and May. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and February.
Three kinds of flu viruses commonly circulate today:
- Influenza A (H1N1) viruses
- Influenza A (H3N2) viruses
- Influenza B viruses
The 2017-2018 influenza vaccine is made to protect against the following viruses:
- an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus
- an A/Hong Kong /4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus
- a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus (B/Victoria lineage)
- a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata lineage)
Flu vaccination policy
These appointments are not times to ask questions of the clinical staff. Any questions specific to the flu vaccine should be made before the appointment through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employees must show up for their scheduled appointment.
Failure to show up for the scheduled appointment will result in the employee not receiving the vaccination. HEW will not call and remind employees of their appointment times. If employees cannot make their appointment time, they need to cancel their appointment through Xink and try to reschedule.
Employees should wear clothing that allows easy access to the shoulder area. Anyone requiring disrobing will be requested to do so in a separate room and will have to wait until a clinical staff member has time to rotate into that room to provide the vaccination.
Due to the limited supply of vaccines, there can be no exceptions to this policy.
For more information on the inactivated influenza vaccine, view the vaccine information statement (VIS) from the CDC.
Please note the following:
The following wellness information is provided for the use of Argonne employees.
The provision of this information is not intended to create a physician-patient relationship or to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, opinion or treatment.
If you believe you have any health problem, or if you have any questions regarding your health or a medical condition, you should promptly consult your personal physician or other healthcare provider.