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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 staff, will begin September 26 and end November 4.

All staff 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.

2022 Updates** 

  • The vaccine will be given by appointment only through an online registration system. Walk-in immunization will NOT be available. 
  • The on campus location returns to the Building 10, CRC 7th Floor Atrium, East Side. See Map Here

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 mask and follow all physical distancing requirements. A mask will be provided if you do not have one. Please see below for additional details. 

2022-2023 Immunization Schedule and Registration

View the immunization 2022 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. Do not schedule an appointment at Baltimore/Harbor Hospital or Poolesville unless you work onsite at those locations.

Schedule Your Appointment

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

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.  The high-dose vaccine, Fluzone® High-Dose, remains egg based. Flublok® is an alternative option recommended by CDC for patients 65 years and older that still contains a higher level of viral antigen and is not manufactured in eggs. Flucelvax® is also egg free and would be a reasonable choice in older patients with a severe allergy to eggs if Flublok® is unavailable at the time of vaccination.

Healthcare Personnel

All NIH staff who have direct contact with Clinical Center patients must be immunized against seasonal flu every year. If you have direct contact with CC patients, you may meet the requirement through being vaccinated at the NIH, providing OMS documentation of vaccination received in the community, or receiving an exemption for medical or religious reasons.

Documentation for flu shots received outside of NIH and exemption requests 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 through this form or by dropping it off in person at the OMS office in Building 10, room 6C306.
  • 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 through this form or by dropping it off in person at the OMS office in Building 10, room 6C306. Those who have severe egg allergies will not be exempt if egg-free vaccine is available.
  • Additional information on this requirement, including the declination forms, can be found here:
  • Please email with any questions.
For more information visit the links below:

CDC Influenza Vaccine Information Statement

Patient-Care Staff (NIH Internal Link - Healthcare Workers Only)


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