Mandatory Flu Shots Mean You're Serious About Patient Safety
Yet still a large percentage of hospitals and health systems rely on voluntary vaccination programs for their employees. On average, 98.8% of people working at healthcare facilities that require vaccination are in fact vaccinated. But less than 70% are vaccinated at facilities that don't require it, even among those that offer free vaccinations and personal reminders to employees.
As someone in the latter stages of recovering from a flulike illness, and as a relatively healthy person, I'm shocked that any organization that purports to be in the business of helping patients would not mandate flu vaccines for their employees who come in contact with them.
It's becoming more common to do so, but it's far from universal.
Again, I can't think of a reason why it isn't mandatory, and for the record, neither can Marjorie Bessel, MD, who is chief medical officer at Banner Health's Arizona East region. Banner, as you might imagine, does have a policy on mandatory flu vaccination for employees who come in contact with patients at any time, and that policy says you will be vaccinated.
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