2021-2022 Fight the Flu Campaign

Duke Health — which includes Duke University Health System (DUHS) and the schools of nursing and medicine — is committed to reducing the prevalence of the influenza virus within our community.  Flu vaccination is particularly important this year in order for faculty, staff and students to remain healthy during a pandemic. As part of this commitment, obtaining a flu shot is a condition of employment for ALL DUSON faculty, staff, instructors and post-doctoral fellows.

Flu Vaccination Dates & Locations

In light of the pandemic, limited mass flu vaccination clinics will be available at Duke, Duke Raleigh, and Duke Regional hospitals and at select off-campus work locations.

View Flu Vaccination Schedule for Faculty & Staff.

Employees that are currently working remotely have the option of being vaccinated at any employee/healthcare worker flu vaccination location or through their primary care physician or at a local pharmacy.

For DUSON Employees

The requirement is for all faculty, staff, clinical instructors, clinical nurse educators, seminar leaders and other part-time instructors and post-doctoral fellows to obtain an annual flu shot by 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

Those who have medical or religious reasons for requesting an exemption may do so by completing one of two requests for exemptions. Those requesting a medical exemption should submit their request to Duke Employee Occupational Health and Wellness (EOHW) per the instructions on the form. Those requesting a religious exemption should submit their online request to Staff and Labor Relations per the instructions on the form. Applications for both exemptions are due by Monday, November 1, 2021. This will allow sufficient time for review and for communication of the review decision. Please note: Due to the availability of an egg-free formulation of the flu vaccine, egg allergy is not a reason for medical exemption.

We will be using the Duke VaxTrax digitized flu vaccination consent and health screening platform. You and your vaccinator will complete documentation of vaccination using this digital platform, or, if you are vaccinated by your primary care provider or at a local pharmacy, you can submit evidence of vaccination through VaxTrax. Official documentation must include your Duke Unique ID, and any of the following:

  • Print out from MY Chart showing employee name, date and type of vaccine administered.
  • Documentation from provider with clinic letterhead/address or encounter form showing date and type of vaccine administered, date of birth.
  • Pharmacy printout with employee name, date of birth, name of vaccine, date of vaccination and location/address of pharmacy.

Your Duke Unique ID must be written on the flu documentation to ensure that the correct employee gets the correct credit. Also, add your best contact phone number in case EOHW needs to reach you.

For DUSON Students

All students are required to obtain an annual flu vaccination or submit exemptions no later than Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Students who have a medical or religious reason to request an exemption may do so by emailing immunizations@dm.duke.edu to request the appropriate form. All requests for exemptions will be reviewed and all decisions will be communicated directly to the requestor.

Free flu clinics will be provided for all Duke students from September 15 - November 2, 2021. For those who obtain the vaccine from a health care provider outside of the Duke network and some Duke-affiliated practices, please send documentation to SON_StudentCompliance@dm.duke.edu or fax to 919-681-0715. Always keep a copy for your personal records.

Failure to comply with this requirement could result in deactivation of your DukeCard and administrative withdrawal from the Duke University School of Nursing. A registration hold will be placed on all student accounts for the Spring 2022 semester until this requirement has been met.

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