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Flu Shots: What You Need to Know

Help us stick it to the flu by getting your flu shot.

We are dedicated to improving the wellness of our communities, and that includes preventing the spread of flu. The best way to do that is by getting a flu shot, and the vaccine is required for all Kettering Health Network employees and volunteers.

Free flu shots for employees will be offered throughout the network October 7-November 1. Campus-specific schedules will be posted on the Employee Health intranet page.

Answers to frequently asked questions are below:

Is the vaccine safe?

Flu vaccines are among the safest medical products in use and are the best way to reduce your chances of getting the flu or spreading it to others. Like any medical product, the vaccine can cause side effects. According to the CDC, the most common side effects are soreness or redness where the shot was given. These, and other mild side effects, typically go away on their own within a few days.

Can the vaccine cause the flu?

Flu shots contain dead viruses that do not make you sick. It takes about two weeks to develop full immunity after receiving the vaccine, so it is possible to get the flu right after you get the shot.

How do I obtain a medical or religious exemption for the flu shot?

If you qualify for a medical or lifetime religious exemption, please submit an exemption form before October 1. These can be found in our campus Employee Health office or on the Employee Health intranet page.

More questions?

Click here to view the full FAQ document or contact your campus Employee Health office directly.

September 12, 2019