Flu Season End

Dear Rutgers Colleagues,

The New Jersey Department of Health is reporting that flu activity has fallen to low and moderate levels throughout the state.

Therefore, the university has determined that Flu Season within the meaning of University Policy 100.3.1 will end effective immediately. It has been a postponed, protracted, and arduous flu season, during a pandemic, and we want to thank all of you for working so hard to continue to keep our university community safe.

The intent of Policy 100.3.1 is to enhance the safety of our patients, visitors, and clinical faculty and staff, and protect them from exposure to seasonal influenza while at Rutgers University facilities. In declaring that Flu Season will end effective immediately, the university has determined that all Covered Individuals (as defined by the policy) are no longer required to obtain a seasonal influenza vaccine for the 2021-2022 Flu Season. All Covered Individuals will, of course, still be required to obtain a seasonal influenza vaccine for the next Flu Season when that time comes, consistent with Policy 100.3.1.

Use of appropriate face coverings is still required in Rutgers clinical facilities, because of COVID-19. As with the possibility of exposure to airborne viruses and other conditions, our clinical professionals are still encouraged to exercise caution and observe medical protocols when encountering potentially hazardous situations. This includes embracing initiatives to promote good hand hygiene, encouraging sick co-workers to stay home, and routine cleaning of commonly shared items.

Thank you to everyone who helped Rutgers University battle COVID-19 as well as the flu again this season. As always, we wish you continued good health.

Sincerely,

Vicente Gracias, MD
Senior Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, RBHS
Vice President for Health Affairs, Rutgers University

Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH
Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Rutgers University