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Everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated against the flu each year. Even
healthy people can get the flu. Individuals of certain ages and/or whom have chronic health
conditions are at high-risk for serious complications from the flu. (Centers for Disease Control &

LifeWork Strategies (LWS) will come to our workplace to offer flu shots to our employees. LWS, a
member of Adventist HealthCare, has been administering flu shots to local businesses and
schools for many years. Their nurses are knowledgeable, skilled and friendly. For more
information about our provider, please visit

Read the CDCs Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) to learn more about flu and how the
vaccine protects against it. At the time of the clinic, you will be asked to confirm that you read
the VIS. Inactivated vaccine, or the flu shot will be available to eligible employees. This
vaccine cannot cause the flu.
Refer to the VIS to see if there is any reason you should not get the vaccine or should wait.
You are encouraged to consult with your doctor in advance if you have questions.
If you are pregnant, touch base with your physician about getting a flu shot at our workplace
clinic. If your doctor recommends the flu shot, you may get it. You do not need a doctors
Read the Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP) to learn how your flu vaccination record is
Wear a shirt that can be easily rolled up so that the nurse can reach your upper arm muscle.
If you must wear a dress shirt the day of the clinic, consider wearing a t-shirt underneath or
bring one that you can change into before your flu shot. This will help to maintain your
privacy and not slow down the line.
If you were given an appointment, please arrive on time. You may come 5-10 minutes early
to receive and complete a Consent Form. You will receive a copy of your signed consent.

After receiving your flu shot, be prepared to wait in the vicinity for 15 minutes. While allergic
reactions to influenza vaccine are rare, this practice is in place for your safety.

Many Vaccine Information Statements are
available in Spanish and other languages.
Hojas de informacin sobre vacunas estn
disponibles en espaol y en muchos otros
idiomas. Visite
Infuenza Vaccine
What You Need to Know
(Flu Vaccine,
Inactivated or
1 Why get vaccinated?
Infuenza (fu) is a contagious disease that spreads
around the United States every winter, usually between
October and May.
Flu is caused by infuenza viruses, and is spread mainly
by coughing, sneezing, and close contact.
Anyone can get fu, but the risk of getting fu is highest
among children. Symptoms come on suddenly and may
last several days. They can include:
sore throat
muscle aches
runny or stuffy nose
Flu can make some people much sicker than others.
These people include young children, people 65 and
older, pregnant women, and people with certain health
conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease,
nervous system disorders, or a weakened immune
system. Flu vaccination is especially important for these
people, and anyone in close contact with them.
Flu can also lead to pneumonia, and make existing
medical conditions worse. It can cause diarrhea and
seizures in children.
Each year thousands of people in the United States die
from fu, and many more are hospitalized.
Flu vaccine is the best protection against fu and its
complications. Flu vaccine also helps prevent spreading
fu from person to person.
Inactivated and recombinant
fu vaccines

You are getting an injectable fu vaccine, which is either
an inactivated or recombinant vaccine. These
vaccines do not contain any live infuenza virus. They
are given by injection with a needle, and often called the
fu shot.
A different, live, attenuated (weakened) infuenza
vaccine is sprayed into the nostrils. This vaccine is
described in a separate Vaccine Information Statement.
Flu vaccination is recommended every year. Some
children 6 months through 8 years of age might need two
doses during one year.
Flu viruses are always changing. Each years fu vaccine
is made to protect against 3 or 4 viruses that are likely
to cause disease that year. Flu vaccine cannot prevent all
cases of fu, but it is the best defense against the disease.
It takes about 2 weeks for protection to develop after
the vaccination, and protection lasts several months to a
Some illnesses that are not caused by infuenza virus are
often mistaken for fu. Flu vaccine will not prevent these
illnesses. It can only prevent infuenza.
Some inactivated fu vaccine contains a very small
amount of a mercury-based preservative called
thimerosal. Studies have shown that thimerosal in
vaccines is not harmful, but fu vaccines that do not
contain a preservative are available.
Some people should not get
this vaccine
Tell the person who gives you the vaccine:
If you have any severe, life-threatening allergies. If
you ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction after a
dose of fu vaccine, or have a severe allergy to any part
of this vaccine, including (for example) an allergy to
gelatin, antibiotics, or eggs, you may be advised not to
get vaccinated. Most, but not all, types of fu vaccine
contain a small amount of egg protein.
If you ever had Guillain-Barr Syndrome (a severe
paralyzing illness, also called GBS). Some people
with a history of GBS should not get this vaccine. This
should be discussed with your doctor.
If you are not feeling well. It is usually okay to get fu
vaccine when you have a mild illness, but you might
be advised to wait until you feel better. You should
come back when you are better.
4 Risks of a vaccine reaction
With a vaccine, like any medicine, there is a chance of
side effects. These are usually mild and go away on their
Problems that could happen after any vaccine:
Brief fainting spells can happen after any medical
procedure, including vaccination. Sitting or lying
down for about 15 minutes can help prevent fainting,
and injuries caused by a fall. Tell your doctor if you
feel dizzy, or have vision changes or ringing in the
Severe shoulder pain and reduced range of motion
in the arm where a shot was given can happen, very
rarely, after a vaccination.
Severe allergic reactions from a vaccine are very rare,
estimated at less than 1 in a million doses. If one were
to occur, it would usually be within a few minutes to a
few hours after the vaccination.
Mild problems following inactivated fu vaccine:
soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was
sore, red or itchy eyes
If these problems occur, they usually begin soon after the
shot and last 1 or 2 days.
Moderate problems following inactivated fu vaccine:
Young children who get inactivated fu vaccine and
pneumococcal vaccine (PCV13) at the same time may
be at increased risk for seizures caused by fever. Ask
your doctor for more information. Tell your doctor if a
child who is getting fu vaccine has ever had a seizure.
Inactivated fu vaccine does not contain live fu virus, so
you cannot get the fu from this vaccine.
As with any medicine, there is a very remote chance of a
vaccine causing a serious injury or death.
The safety of vaccines is always being monitored. For
more information, visit:
What if there is a serious
What should I look for?
Look for anything that concerns you, such as signs of
a severe allergic reaction, very high fever, or behavior
Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include hives,
swelling of the face and throat, diffculty breathing,
a fast heartbeat, dizziness, and weakness. These
would start a few minutes to a few hours after the
What should I do?
If you think it is a severe allergic reaction or other
emergency that cant wait, call 9-1-1 and get the
person to the nearest hospital. Otherwise, call your
Afterward, the reaction should be reported to the
Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
Your doctor should fle this report, or you can
do it yourself through the VAERS web site at, or by calling 1-800-822-7967.
VAERS does not give medical advice.
The National Vaccine Injury
Compensation Program
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
(VICP) is a federal program that was created to
compensate people who may have been injured by
certain vaccines.
Persons who believe they may have been injured by a
vaccine can learn about the program and about fling a
claim by calling 1-800-338-2382 or visiting the VICP
website at There
is a time limit to fle a claim for compensation.

How can I learn more?
Ask your doctor.
Call your local or state health department.
Contact the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC):
- Call 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDC-INFO) or
- Visit CDCs website at
Vaccine Information Statement (Interim)
Inactivated Infuenza Vaccine
42 U.S.C. 300aa-26
Offce Use Only


Understanding Your Health Record/Information. Each
time you visit a hospital, physician, or other healthcare
provider, a record of your visit is made. Typically, this
record contains your symptoms, examination and test
results, diagnoses, treatment, and a plan for future care or
treatment. This information, often referred to as your health
or medical record, serves as a:

basis for planning your care and treatment

means of communication among the many health
professionals who contribute to your care

legal document describing the care you received

means by which you or a third-party payer can verify that
services billed were actually provided

a tool in educating heath professionals

a source of data for medical research

a source of information for public health officials charged
with improving the health of the nation

a source of data for facility planning and marketing

a tool with which we can assess and continually work to
improve the care we render and the outcomes we

Understanding what is in your record and how your health
information is used helps you to:

ensure its accuracy

better understand who, what, when, where, and why
others may access your health information

make more informed decisions when authorizing
disclosure to others

Your Health Information Rights. Although your health
record is the physical property of the healthcare practitioner
or facility that compiled it, the information belongs to you.
You have the right to:

request a restriction on certain uses and disclosures of
your information but we are not required to agree to the
requested restriction, unless your requested restriction is
with regard to uses and disclosures of your PHI to a
health plan for purposes of carrying out payment or
healthcare operations, and the PHI pertain solely to a
health care item or service for which we have been paid
for out-of-pocket in full.

obtain a paper copy of the notice of privacy practices
upon request

inspect and obtain a copy of your health record, and you
also have the right to a copy of your health record in an
electronic format, but only if it is contained in and
Electronic Health Record (EHR). We may charge you a
reasonable cost-based fee to cover copying, postage
and/or preparation of a summary, and in the case of a
request for a copy of your health record maintained in an
EHR (or a summary or explanation of such information) in
an electronic format, we may charge you the amount of
our labor costs in responding to your request to amend
your health record

obtain an accounting of specified disclosures of your
health information, except that we do not have to account
for disclosures: (1) authorized by you; and/or (2) made for
treatment, payment or healthcare operations, except that
if such disclosure of your health information are made
through an EHR, you have a right to an accounting of
such disclosure made through an EHR.

request communications of your health information by
alternative means or at alternative locations

revoke your authorization to use or disclose health
information except to the extent that action has already
been taken

Our Responsibilities. This organization is required to:

maintain the privacy of your health information

provide you with a notice as to our legal duties and
privacy practices with respect to information we collect
and maintain about you

abide by the terms of this notice

notify you if we are unable to agree to a requested

accommodate reasonable requests you may have to
communicate health information by alternative means or
at alternative locations.

We reserve the right to change our practices and to make
the new provisions effective for all protected health
information we maintain. Any such changes to our practices
will be available upon request. We will not use or disclose
your health information without your written authorization,
except as described in this notice.

For More Information or to Report a Problem. If have
questions and would like additional information, you may
contact the Organizational Integrity Hotline at 800-814-
1434. If you believe your privacy rights have been violated,
you can file a complaint with the Organizational Integrity
Hotline at 800-814-1434 or with the U.S. Secretary of
Health and Human Services. There will be no retaliation for
filing a complaint.

Examples of Disclosures for Treatment, Payment and Health

We will use your health information for treatment. For
example: Information obtained by a nurse, physician, or other
member of your healthcare team will be recorded in your record
and used to determine the course of treatment that should work
best for you. Your physician will document in your record his or
her expectations of the members of your healthcare team.
Members of your healthcare team will then record the actions
they took and their observations. In that way, the physician will
know how you are responding to treatment. We will also provide
your physician or a subsequent healthcare provider with copies of
various reports that should assist him or her in treating you once
you are discharged from this hospital.
We will use your health information for payment. For
example: A bill may be sent to you or a third-party payer. The
information on or accompanying the bill may include information
that identifies you, as well as your diagnosis, procedures, and
supplies used.
We will use your health information for regular health
operations. For example: Members of the medical staff, the risk
or quality improvement manager, or members of the quality
improvement team may use information in your health record to
assess the care and outcomes in your case and others like it.
This information will then be used in an effort to continually
improve the quality and effectiveness of the healthcare and
service we provide.
Business associates: There are some services provided in our
organization through contracts with business associates.
Examples include physician services in the emergency,
anesthesiology, pathology, and radiology departments; certain
laboratory tests; and a copy service we use when making copies
of your health record. When these services are contracted, we
may disclose your health information to our business associate so
that they can perform the job we have asked them to do and bill
you or your third-party payer for services rendered. To protect
your health information, however, we require the business
associate to appropriately safeguard your information.
Directory: Unless you notify us that you object, we will use your
name, location in the facility, general condition, and religious
affiliation for directory purposes. This information may be
provided to members of the clergy and, except for religious
affiliation, to other people who ask for you by name.
Notification: We may use or disclose information to notify or
assist in notifying a family member, personal representative, or
another person responsible for your care, your location, and
general condition.
Communication with family: Health professionals, using their
best judgment, may disclose to a family member, other relative,
close personal friend or any other person you identify, health
information relevant to that persons involvement in your care or
payment related to your care.
Research: We may disclose information to researchers when
their research has been approved by an institutional review board
that has reviewed the research proposal and established
protocols to ensure the privacy of your health information.
Funeral directors: We may disclose health information to funeral
directors consistent with applicable law to carry out their duties.
Organ procurement organizations: Consistent with applicable
law, we may disclose health information to organ procurement
organizations or other entities engaged in the procurement,
banking, or transplantation of organs for the purpose of tissue
donation and transplant.
Marketing: We may contact you to provide appointment
reminders or information about treatment alternatives or other
health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to
Fund raising: We may contact you as part of a fund-raising
effort. Provided, however, any fundraising materials sent to you
will contain language with allows you to opt out from receiving any
further fundraising communications.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA): We may disclose to the
FDA health information relative to adverse events with respect to
food, supplements, product and product defects, or post
marketing surveillance information to enable product recalls,
repairs, or replacement.
Workers compensation: We may disclose health information to
the extent authorized by and to the extent necessary to comply
with laws relating to workers compensation or other similar
programs established by law.
Public health: As required by law, we may disclose your health
information to public health or legal authorities charged with
preventing or controlling disease, injury, or disability.
Correctional institution: Should you be an inmate of a
correctional institution, we may disclose to the institution or
agents thereof health information necessary for your health and
the health and safety of other individuals.
Law enforcement: We may disclose health information for law
enforcement purposes as required by law or in response to a
valid subpoena. Federal law makes provision for your health
information to be released to an appropriate health oversight
agency, public health authority or attorney, provided that a work
force member or business associate believes in good faith that
we have engaged in unlawful conduct or have otherwise violated
professional or clinical standards and are potentially endangering
one or more patients, workers or the public.
For Data Breach Notification Purposes: We may use your
contact information to provide legally required notices of
unauthorized access or disclosure of your health information, We
may send notice directly to you or as otherwise allowed by law.
Other Uses: Uses or disclosures of your health
record/information for other purposes not listed above will be
made only with your written authorization. If you provide us
authorization to use or disclose your health information, you may
revoke your authorization in writing at any time. If you revoke your
authorization, we will no longer use or disclose your health
information for the reasons covered by your written permission;
however, we are unable to take back any disclosures we have
already made with your permission.

The terms of this Notice of Privacy Practices apply to Adventist
HealthCare, Inc., and all of its affiliated entities.
Effective Date: June, 2010.