Foil the Flu
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 October 2 and end November 9. The best way to reduce the risk of getting the flu is to get vaccinated each year.
staff with a valid NIH identification badge are eligible to receive the flu vaccine for FREE and are encouraged to be immunized against the flu.
All staff who have patient contact, including both employees and contractors, are required to get immunized each year.
The vaccine will be given by appointment only through an online registration system. Walk-in immunization will NOT be available.
2023 Immunization Schedule and Registration
This year's clinic locations include the following sites:
Building 10, CRC 7th Floor Atrium, East Side
5601 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20852
Garden Room 1 (LD20)
6700B Rockledge Drive
Bethesda, MD 20817
(includes parking instructions)
9609 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
Parking garage located directly across from building entrance. Garage is open and free to NIH staff.
(onsite staff only)
16701 Elmer School Road
Building 103 (Room TBD)
Dickerson, MD 20842
251 Bayview Boulevard
3rd Floor Atrium Lobby
Baltimore, MD 21224
(onsite staff only)
3001 S. Hanover Street
5th Floor (Room TBD)
Baltimore, MD 21225
You must be on the NIH network, or logged onto VPN, to access the registration site. If you are unable to access the registration website, please contact the Occupational Medical Service (OMS) at 301-496-4411 or by email at OMSfluclinic@mail.nih.gov.
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, but with the new recommendation this year, a patient 65 and older with egg allergy may receive this vaccine. 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 if Fluzone High-Dose or Flublok® are unavailable at the time of vaccination.
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. Additional information on this requirement can be found below.
Options for Healthcare Personnel:
Receive flu vaccination at NIH
Register for an appointment. Once you receive your vaccination, your compliance will be recorded.
Receive flu vaccination outside of NIH
If you receive your flu vaccine in the community, please save an electronic or physical copy of your vaccination record. You will need to submit documentation online or by delivering a hard copy to the OMS office in Building 10, Room 6C306.
Submit medical or religious declination request
Any staff required to participate in Foil the Flu who declines to be vaccinated against flu must provide a valid reason for declination by submitting a religious or medical declination form.
The religious or medical declination form should be submitted online or by delivering a hard copy to the OMS office in Building 10, Room 6C306. An egg allergy is no longer a contraindication to receiving the flu vaccine.
For more information:
If you have questions about the influenza vaccine, please contact the Hospital Epidemiology Service at (301) 496-2209 or Occupational Medical Service at 301-496- 4411 or by email at OMSfluclinic@mail.nih.gov.