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ROHP is Offering the Influenza Vaccine

Published: October 2nd, 2013

Research Occupational Health Program (ROHP) will be offering influenza (flu) vaccines to employees at no cost.  We encourage you to get the vaccine during one of the scheduled clinics to protect yourself, your colleagues and your family.  For information regarding the 2013-2014 influenza vaccine please refer to the CDC website (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/) and the Massachusetts Department Public Health (http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/provider/guidelines-resources/services-planning/diseases-conditions/influenza/).   Also please refer to the 2013-2014 CDC Vaccine Information Sheet (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flu.html).  If you have any questions regarding the vaccine or clinic schedule please contact ROHP at 4-7647 or at rohp@bu.edu.  If you have any specific concerns about receiving the flu vaccine you may also contact your primary care physician.

Please walk-in during the dates and times listed below.   If you are unable to come during one of these designated times, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.

Walk-In Clinic Dates/Times:

Monday, October 7th

9:00 – 11:00 am, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Thursday, October 10th

1:00 – 3:00 pm

Tuesday, October 15th

9:00 – 11:00 am, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Thursday, October 17th

2:00 – 4:00 pm


Location: ROHP, Evans 825, 72. E. Concord Street

You should not receive the vaccine if:

  • you have a severe allergy to eggs.
  • you have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination.
  • you have developed Guillain-Barre syndrome within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine.
  • you are moderately-to-severely ill. Please wait until you recover to get vaccinated.

 

Please note:

  • MA DPH recommends that all health care providers receive the influenza vaccine unless

contraindicated.

  • Wear a short sleeve shirt to enable easier access to your upper arm area.

 

The BU Occupational Health Center (BUOHC) on the Charles River Campus is also offering the influenza vaccine at no cost to Boston University employees.  For information on flu clinic dates and times, please visit their website at http://www.bu.edu/buohc.

 

ROHP Continues to Offer Influenza (flu) Vaccines

Published: November 2nd, 2012

ROHP continues to offer influenza (flu) vaccines.  We encourage you to get the vaccine  to protect yourself, your colleagues and your family.  For information regarding the 2012-2013 influenza vaccine please refer to the CDC website (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/) and the Massachusetts Department Public Health (http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/provider/guidelines-resources/services-planning/diseases-conditions/influenza/).   Also please refer to the 2012-2013 CDC Vaccine Information Sheet (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-flu.pdf).   If you have any questions regarding the vaccine please contact ROHP at 4-7647 or at rohp@bu.edu.  If you have any specific concerns about receiving the flu vaccine you may also contact your primary care physician.

Please walk-in or contact our office to schedule an appointment.   

Location: ROHP, Evans 825, 72. E. Concord Street

You should not receive the vaccine if:
  • You have a severe allergy to eggs.
  • You have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination.
  • You have developed Guillain-Barre syndrome within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine.
  • You are moderately-to-severely ill. Please wait until you recover to get vaccinated.
Please note:
  • MA DPH recommends that all health care providers receive the influenza vaccine unless contraindicated.
  • Wear a short sleeve shirt to enable easier access to your upper arm area.

Incident Reports as of 7/15/2012

Published: June 22nd, 2012

For the Incident Report of 7/15/2012, covering Quarter 1, 2012, see the BU Agent Incident Report Summary.

Boston University’s Research Occupational Health Program Announces Changes in Operations

Published: July 28th, 2010


ROHP is excited to announce that beginning Monday, June 14, 2010, our hours of operation will be expanded to Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Our Clinical Team led by Dr. Thomas Winters, Occupational Health Officer, and Kathy Scanlon, RNP, welcomes two new clinic staff members to ROHP.

Sandy Reno, RN, is our occupational health nurse with over 10 years of occupational health experience.

Elaine LaRoche, BA,  is our Program Coordinator with over 14 years of experience in healthcare and research.

Program Enhancements:

These changes will enhance ROHP’s capabilities to support our core customer base on the Boston University Medical Center with faster response times, greater flexibility in appointment scheduling, and the introduction of new program enhancements.

Message from the VP of Research Compliance, Ara Tahmassian

Published: February 9th, 2010

Dear colleagues,

Tahmassian_0I am writing to inform you of changes in the research medical surveillance program that are being implemented in the occupational health office for research programs at Boston University. As our research programs have grown, so have the needs of the occupational health program for researchers. To respond to the growth, we are establishing a new comprehensive Research Occupational Health Program (ROHP).  This step  enhances the health and safety of our researchers which is one of our primary concerns and ensures that  occupational health is an integral part of our overall health and safety programs.

The ROHP will:

  • Provide comprehensive occupational health support for researchers based on the best practices from  peer institutions
  • Provide timely and efficient clearances for  new research staff as well as oversee and conduct appropriate  periodic reevaluations of research staff
  • Create a single point of contact for all needs for researchers with a 24/7 emergency on-call assistance program
  • Develop a comprehensive  matrix for the research community to identify the risks and requirements for working with various hazardous materials or agents
  • Provide Training related to materials being worked with.

The change becomes effective on February 5, 2010.

Who will provide the medical services?

ROHP will include a professional team of clinicians and nurse practitioners who will provide the medical services that are required. These services will continue to be provided confidentially as the current program does.

Who is covered?

There will be no change to the list of the individuals who are covered under the current research medical surveillance programs. This includes all individuals  involved in research that includes the uses of  hazardous materials and animals, covered by any protocol approved by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC); as well those engaged in support of such programs (e.g. Facilities,  Health and Safety, Public Safety staff) will be covered by the new ROHP.

Occupational Health services for all other employees will continue to be provided by the Occupational Health Services at the Charles River Campus and the Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) at the Boston University Medical Campus accordingly.

How and where will I receive the services?

The current requirements for the medical surveillance program will remain unchanged; based on the nature of the research, all covered individuals will be required to submit one or both of the following forms to ROHP for risk evaluation:

  • Animal Exposure Surveillance Program Medical Evaluation Form
  • Medical Surveillance Form

After the completion of the risk evaluation, ROHP will determine if you need to visit the ROHP clinical staff for an in-person evaluation an/or follow-up (e.g. if you are required to wear a respirator; require immunization or vaccination; etc.). ROHP staff will schedule an appointment for you to visit the clinic that is currently located on the 5th floor of the, Preston Building [Exam Room 6].

What do I have to do?

You do not need to do anything at this time.

Existing covered individuals: The ROHP staff will be reviewing the information for all employees who are currently engaged in, or supporting, research activities and will contact individuals for any additional information that is needed. You will still be required to complete the annual Risk Assessment Questionnaire and return it when notified by the Institutional Biosafety Committee or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

New covered individuals: If you are being added to an existing research protocol to the Institutional Biosafety Committee or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee by a Principal Investigator or are submitting a protocol to these Committees for the first time; you will be required to complete and submit one or both of the following forms to ROHP for risk evaluation:

  • Animal Exposure Surveillance Program Medical Evaluation Form
  • Medical Surveillance Form

The outcome of this risk evaluation will determine if there are additional requirements (Refer to  How and where will I receive the services? above)

Contact information

For additional information contact:

Institutional Biosafety Committee Office: 617-638-4263

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Office: 617-638-4263

ROHP clinical staff :

Dr. Thomas H. Winters, MD, FACOEM

E-mail: ROHP@bu.edu

Phone (available 24/7): 617-414-ROHP [617-414-7647]