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Foil the Flu

Flu Vaccine Protects You, Your Patients and Your Family.

Foil the Flu, the annual seasonal influenza immunization program for NIH employees and contractors, will begin September 27 and end November 5. 

All federal employees and contractors with a valid NIH identification badge are eligible to receive flu vaccine for FREE and are encouraged to be immunized against the flu. The best way to reduce the risk of getting the flu is to get the flu vaccine every year. All staff who have patient contact, including both employees and contractors, are required to get immunized each year.

2021 Updates** The annual Foil the Flu influenza immunization clinic will have some significant changes this year.

  • The vaccine will be given by appointment only through an online registration system. Walk-in immunization will NOT be available.
  • The on campus location is Building 10 FAES Terrace.

There will be additional COVID-19 safety measures in place. The staff providing vaccines will be carefully following infection control procedures. All staff arriving for a flu shot must wear a face cover and follow all physical distancing requirements. Please see below for additional details.

2021-2022 Immunization Schedule and Registration

View the immunization 2021 schedule, including off-campus dates for Shady Grove, Bayview, Poolesville, Harbor Hospital, Fisher’s Lane and Rockledge locations.

All teleworking employees in the Washington, DC area are encouraged to schedule an appointment at our Shady Grove, Fisher’s Lane, or Rockledge locations. Extra dates and appointments have been added to those sites to accommodate additional staff. Please do not schedule an appointment at Baltimore/Harbor Hospital or Poolesville unless you work onsite at those locations.

Appointments can be made online through the following website You must be on the NIH network, or logged onto VPN, to access. If you are unable to access the registration website, please contact the Occupational Medical Service (OMS) at 301-496-4411 or by email at

Schedule Your Appointment

Staff reporting to Shady Grove or Rockledge locations may view the leased facilities map. Visitors arriving at the Rockledge location, may view map of the location for parking instructions.

Visitors of the Shady Grove location may park in the parking garage directly across from the entrance of the building. The parking garage is open and free to NIH staff.

For Ages 65 and Older 

Staff ages 65 and older are eligible to receive a high-dose vaccine that stimulates a stronger immune response. People age 65 and older tend to develop lower levels of protective antibodies with a traditional dose vaccine. Learn more about the high-dose flu vaccine. 

Healthcare Personnel

All NIH employees and contractors who have contact with Clinical Center patients must be immunized against seasonal flu every year. Documentation for flu shots received outside of NIH must be provided to OMS for review. If you are required to get the flu vaccine and you receive your flu vaccine in the community, please save an electronic or physical copy of your vaccination record. You will need to submit proof by encrypted email to or by dropping it off in person at the OMS office in Building 10, room 6C306. Please email with any questions.

Any staff required to participate in Foil the Flu who declines to be vaccinated against flu must provide a valid reason for declination. Documentation for all declinations should be submitted by encrypted email to or by dropping it off in person at the OMS office in Building 10, room 6C306. Those who submitted written documentation of permanent medical contraindications in the past will need to resubmit documentation by email or in person. Those who have severe egg allergies will not be exempt if egg-free vaccine is available. Please email with any questions.



If you have questions about the influenza vaccine, please contact the Hospital Epidemiology Service (301-496-2209) or Occupational Medical Service at 301-496- 4411) or by email at