Employee Health

2022 Employee Influenza Vaccine Program

The Employee Seasonal Influenza Vaccine program kicked off on September 14, 2022.

Here are some important facts to know in order to receive your annual Seasonal Flu Vaccine:

  1. There are 7 dates left to select from to schedule your seasonal Influenza Vaccine in the Employee Health Office:

9/28                 Wednesday            1030-1330

10/4                  Tuesday                 1030-1830

10/7                  Friday                     1030-1530

10/12                Wednesday          1030-1830

10/17                Monday                1600-1900

10/19                Wednesday          1030-1830

10/21                Friday                    0500-0700

  • The Employee Health Office is located in Suite 504, which can be accessed by taking the B elevators to the 5th floor.   Please follow the instructions below for scheduling an appointment in MyChart.  Walk-ins for the above Employee Health Vaccine clinics are not recommended. 
  • The contraindications for receiving the Seasonal Influenza Vaccine are as follows:
    • People with severe, life-threatening allergies to any ingredient in a flu vaccine (other than egg proteins) should not get that vaccine.
    • People who have had a severe allergic reaction to a dose of influenza vaccine should not get that flu vaccine again and might not be able to receive other influenza vaccines.
    • If you ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (a severe paralyzing illness, also called GBS). Some people with a history of GBS should not get a flu vaccine. Talk to your doctor about your GBS history.
    • If you are not feeling well, please wait until your symptoms have improved and you are fever free.
  • You may receive the Seasonal Flu Vaccine with no contraindications with a COVID Vaccine, even on the same day, as long as they are given in different anatomical locations.
  • The Seasonal Influenza Vaccine medical and strongly held belief declination forms can be found in PolicyStat, as attachments to the Influenza Vaccination Program Policy. 
  •  Please review the attached Influenza Vaccine Information Sheet and contact Employee Health if you have additional questions. (This is the most recent VIS from the CDC). 

How to schedule your Seasonal Influenza Vaccine:

  1. Log into your MyChart app or website
  2. Go to “Visits”
  3. Select “Schedule an Appointment”
  4. Select “Employee Flu Vaccine (RHC Employees ONLY)”
  5. Select a day and time
  6. Verify your information
  7. You must complete the field which asks what you want to be addressed (you can just enter “vaccine” or “shot”).
  8. Confirm your appointment. 
  9. Prior to arriving, from your MyChart, select your scheduled appointment and eCheck-In. 
  10. Complete and sign the consent. 
  11. Present for your vaccination. 

UPDATE FLUBLOK doses are now currently available. We currently have Quadrivalent FluBlok doses available for persons with an egg allergy.   If you have received the FluBlok dose in the past, you may schedule an appointment for an Employee Health Flu Vaccine Clinic in MyChart.   When arriving, please notify the nurse vaccinator that you need a FluBlok vaccine.  If you have never received a FluBlok influenza vaccine in the past, please contact Employee Health and submit documentation of your egg allergy to EmployeeHealth@rhc.net.   Documentation should include allergy testing, and/or a letter from your PCP.  

Limited High Dose Quadravalent Influenza Vaccines are available 10/4/22 and after:  We have limited availability for the Quadrivalent High Dose Flu vaccine for persons 65 years and older. We do not plan on having it available again until our Employee Health Flu Vaccine Clinic scheduled for 10/4/2022. Please post pone or schedule your Flu Vaccine for 10/4 or after if you are requesting the High Dose vaccine.  

Employees in Riverside Medical Group locations: 

Employees may receive their Seasonal Flu Vaccine by scheduling in MyChart for any of the above Flu Vaccine Clinic dates or may receive their Flu Vaccine in their RMG location. Separate instructions will be emailed to those locations’ leaders. The Employee Flu Vaccine Consent must be completed, and documentation of the vaccine must be completed in EPIC.

Employees in any Senior Life Community: 

Employee may receive their Seasonal Flu Vaccine by scheduling in MyChart for any of the above Flu Vaccine Clinic dates or may receive their Flu vaccine at Miller Healthcare, Westwood, or Bourbonnais Grove. Please watch for communication from your leaders.

All other Locations:

Please follow the above scheduling and vaccine clinic instructions. Additional remote or mobile clinics may be considered based on available resources.   Please contact Jo Kilpatrick for information at jkilpatrick@rhc.net

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Upcoming Employee COVID-19 Booster Clinics in December

Riverside is hosting an employee COVID-19 booster clinic on Tuesday, December 7, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the back of the cafeteria. Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson will all be offered as boosters.

There will also be two additional clinics in December – Tuesday, December 14, and Thursday, December 30, both from 3 to 6 p.m. in the back of the Riverside Medical Center Cafeteria.

Prescheduling your appointment is highly encouraged to streamline your experience. Walk-ins will be accepted. Schedule your appointment through your myRiverside MyChart account.

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Boosters at Riverside
Do I have to get the same type of booster (MODERNA, PFIZER, OR J&J) as I got for my initial dose(s)?
You do not have to get the same booster as your initial dose(s). COVID-19 boosters are interchangeable. You are able to select which booster you wish to receive.

From a time standpoint, when am I eligible to get my booster?
For Pfizer and Moderna you can get a booster dose at 6 months after your second dose. For J&J -you are able to get a booster shot 2 months after your vaccine.

How do I sign up for the booster clinic?
You can schedule your booster in your myRiverside myChart account. By scheduling in MyChart you are able to complete the required consents prior to arriving at the booster clinic. This helps to streamline your experience.

What if I don’t like something that is listed on the consent can I cross any part of the consent?
No. The consent cannot be altered and will need to be signed as written.

What if I can’t preschedule in myRiverside MyChart, can I just walk into the booster clinic?
Yes. Although we are asking and strongly encouraging all staff to preschedule we understand that there may a circumstance where that is not possible. Prescheduled appointments help to streamline the process and will allow for people to efficiently move through the clinic.

I have a medical condition that puts me into the category of immunocompromised, should I get the booster shot at the Riverside Clinic on 12/6, 12/14, or 12/30?
If you are immunocompromised, we do not recommend getting the booster without first consulting your primary care physician. There are additional recommendations for individuals that fall into the category of immunocompromised. You may also email Chief Medical Officer, Keith A. Moss, MD, MA, FACP at KMoss@RHC.net for guidance.
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Flu Vaccine – Deadline Extended to November 16 Copy

There has been a fantastic turnout for the 2021 Influenza Vaccine Program.   Please remember to schedule in MyChart and complete E-Check In prior to arrival. 

Here are some important facts to know in order to receive your annual Seasonal Flu Vaccine – DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 16, 2021

  1. There are 2 dates to select from to schedule or walk-in to receive your QUADRIVALENT Influenza Vaccine at the Main Hospital in the Chapel:
  • November 15th                       4-6pm                Monday
  • November 16th                       5-7am                Tuesday (for midnight staff)
  1.  The Employee Health Office is located in Suite 504, which can be accessed by taking the B elevators only, to the 5th floor.   The above vaccine clinics will be held in this location.  Please follow the instructions below for scheduling an appointment in MyChart.  Walk-ins for the above Employee Health Vaccine clinics are not recommended. 
  2. The contraindications for receiving the QUADRIVALENT Seasonal Influenza Vaccine are as follows:
    1. People with severe, life-threatening allergies to any ingredient in a flu vaccine (other than egg proteins) should not get that vaccine.
    2. People who have had a severe allergic reaction to a dose of influenza vaccine should not get that flu vaccine again and might not be able to receive other influenza vaccines.
    3. If you have an allergy to eggs or any of the ingredients in the vaccine – PLEASE CALL EMPLOYEE HEALTH TO SCHEDULE A TIME TO RECEIVE THE FLU-BLOCK VACCINE.
    4. If you ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (a severe paralyzing illness, also called GBS), talk to your doctor, as some people with a history of GBS should not get a flu vaccine.
    5. If you are not feeling well, please wait until your symptoms have improved and you are fever free.
  3.  You may receive the Seasonal Flu Vaccine with no contraindications to a COVID Vaccine, even receiving them on the same day, as long as they are given in different anatomical locations.
  4. The Seasonal Influenza Vaccine medical and religious declination forms can be found in PolicyStat, under the Influenza Vaccination Program.   Declination forms must be submitted to Employee Health by October 10th.
  5. The CDC’s 2021 Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine Information Sheet can also be found as an attachment to the Influenza Vaccine Program policy in PolicyStat.

How to schedule your Seasonal Influenza Vaccine:

  1. Log into your MyChart app or website
  2. Select “Schedule an Appointment”
  3. Select “Employee Flu Vaccine (RHC Employees ONLY)”
  4. Complete the questions
  5. Enter your Employee ID number so your flu vaccine can be communicated to REACH and Employee Health
  6. Select your employment status (employee, volunteer, physician, etc).  This is a requirement for reporting to federal and state authorities.
  7.  Click Continue
  8. Select a day and time
  9. Verify your information
  10. You must complete the field which asks what you want addressed (you can just enter “vaccine” or “shot”).
  11. Confirm your appointment. 
  12. Prior to arriving, Select your scheduled appointment and eCheck-In. 
  13. Update any allergies.
  14. Review and sign the consent. 
  15. Present for your vaccination. 

If you have an egg allergy, and need the FLUBLOCK, do not schedule an appointment in MyChart.  Instead, call Employee Health at (815)935-7067 or ext. 35500.

If your physician feels you should receive the High Dose Flu Vaccine, please call Employee Health at (815) 935-7067 or ext. 35500 to check on availability.

Employees in Riverside Medical Group locations: 

Employees may receive their Seasonal Flu Vaccine by scheduling in MyChart for any of the above Flu Vaccine Clinic dates, or may receive their Flu Vaccine in their RMG location.  Separate instructions will be emailed to those locations. 

Employees in any Senior Life Community: 

Employee may receive their Seasonal Flu Vaccine by scheduling in MyChart for any of the above Flu Vaccine Clinic dates, or may receive their Flu vaccine at Miller Rehab, Kankakee Assisted Living or Bourbonnais Assisted Living.  Please watch for communication from your leaders.

All other Locations:

Please follow the above scheduling and vaccine clinic instructions.  Additional remote or mobile clinics may be considered based on available resources.   Please contact Jo Kilpatrick for information at jkilpatrick@rhc.net

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Memo: Flu Vaccine Reminder

To: All Staff

From: Kyle Benoit, Senior VP & Chief Operating Officer

Date: November 8, 2021

Subject: Flu vaccine reminder

As a commitment to provide the safest environment for our patients and staff, I want to remind every Riverside team member of our annual requirement to receive a flu vaccine. While Riverside Healthcare instituted this policy seven years ago, today it is a common requirement among healthcare systems throughout the country.

All staff members need to receive their flu shot by November 16, 2021. Please refer to the Influenza Vaccination Program policy in PolicyStat if you need more information on this requirement.

While the flu vaccine is readily available at a variety of retail pharmacies, we recommend receiving your free vaccine through Employee Health.

If you have already received your flu vaccine, thank you for taking this measure to help protect yourself, your patients, and your community. If you still need to receive your flu vaccine, the flu vaccine clinic schedule is below for your convenience. Please make an appointment in MyChart to schedule your vaccine.

If you have questions or concerns, please reach Employee Health at ext. 35503.

UPCOMING FLU VACCINE CLINICS DATE TIME LOCATION

DateTimeLocation
Wednesday, November 103 to 5 p.m.Risk Conference Room
Thursday, November 118 to 11 a.m. Risk Conference Room

Be sure to schedule your flu vaccine appointment in MyChart

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