Mandatory Flu Immunization at All Children's Hospital
At All Children’s Hospital, we are dedicated to the safety, health and well-being of our patients. Protecting the infants, children and teens in our care is at the heart of all that we do. This includes protecting our patients from communicable diseases such as influenza (flu).
Beginning with the 2013-2014 flu season, all employees, physicians and allied health professionals with clinical privileges, students, trainees, volunteers and vendors must receive the flu vaccine each year.
The goal of mandatory flu immunization is to help protect our patients from flu and the risks it poses to children with critical or chronic illness. At any given time, more than half of the children hospitalized at ACH are too young or too immunosuppressed to receive the flu vaccine. Full immunization of All Children’s personnel helps to protect our patients to the greatest possible extent.
This website provides some basic information for the ACH community. We have also included the new All Children’s Hospital Influenza Vaccination policy and a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Employees (Including Employed Physicians)
Every All Children’s Hospital employee must receive the flu vaccine from Employee Health Services or submit proof of immunization from a flu shot received off campus by December 6, 2013.
The vaccine is mandatory for all employees except those with an approved exemption based on certain medical conditions or on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs. An exemption request must be submitted by November 1, 2013 to Janet Winder, Employee Ombudsman at (727) 767-8919.
Except in the case of a permanent medical condition, medical and religious exemption requests must be resubmitted each year. Please note that there is now an egg-free vaccine available for employees with a history of severe egg allergy (as documented by an allergist).
You can download a medical exemption request form, a religious accommodation form and the Influenza Vaccination Policy here or on BeACH.
Non-Employed Medical Staff and Other Credentialed Allied Health Professionals including ARNPs and PAs
Physicians, PAs, ARNPs and other credentialed employees of private medical staff with clinical privileges need to receive the flu vaccine and then provide proof of immunization to the All Children's Hospital Medical Staff Services Office by December 6, 2013. Failure to be immunized by that date will result in suspension of privileges until proof of immunization is provided, or until March 31, 2014.
These staff members may receive the vaccine through Employee Health or off campus. In the latter case, they must obtain proof of immunization for submission to Employee Health by December 6, 2013.
All volunteers must provide proof of immunization to the Volunteer Office by December 6, 2013.
The flu vaccine is available free of charge to all Medicare participants, so if you are on Medicare we request that you receive the flu vaccine from your physician or a community provider (such as a pharmacy). Be sure to obtain proof of immunization and bring it to Employee Health Services, located one floor below the Volunteer Office.
If you are not on Medicare, we encourage you to get the vaccine from your physician or from another community provider (a pharmacy, for instance). Many insurance plans cover all or some of the cost of the vaccine. Be sure to bring the proof of immunization to Employee Health Services.
If you are not on Medicare and you do not have insurance or the funds to receive the flu vaccine elsewhere, please contact Employee Health Services at (727) 767-4190 to schedule an appointment to receive the flu vaccine at ACH.
Because the vaccine is free to Medicare participants, we ask that any volunteers who are on Medicare receive the vaccine off campus. Bring the proof of immunization to Employee Health Services.
Volunteers who do not provide proof that they have received the flu vaccine by December 6 2013 will not be able to volunteer until after March 31, 2014 unless they provide proof that they have received the vaccine.
Students and Trainees
Any medical students, nursing students or allied health students and trainees must receive the vaccine before they can participate in training at All Children’s Hospital at any time between October 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
Nursing students and allied health students must provide this documentation to their school.
Medical students and residents must provide this documentation to the Office of Medical Education.
Vendors should upload proof of immunization by following instructions found in the VendorMate kiosk.
Vendors who do not submit proof of immunization by December 6, 2013 will not be able to enter the ACH campus until after March 31, 2014 unless they provide documentation that they have received the vaccine.
Information for Patients & Family Members
Because your child’s health and well-being are very important to us, All Children’s Hospital now requires that our personnel receive the flu vaccine each year. The goal of our policy is to protect our patients as much as possible. First, we hope that you will do your part, too.
We recommend the flu vaccine for all of our patients who are over six months of age and have medical clearance. Talk with your child’s doctor about the vaccine.
We also encourage parents, brothers and sisters, and other household members and caregivers to get a flu shot. The flu vaccine is also available in a nasal spray for healthy individuals between the ages of 2 and 49.
Getting the flu vaccine is a positive and important step in protecting your family’s health.