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Mandatory Flu Shots Mean You're Serious About Patient Safety

Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, September 21, 2012

"One of the main points of emphasis of the campaign is that it's about doing the right thing for the patient. At minimum, doing the right thing for the patient includes protecting the patients who come to our facilities for care."

Like anything else, for some employees it's not an easy sell, Bessel says. "Some need a lot more information and communication." To that end, Banner has set up numerous ways to make it easy for employees to comply.

They have created a resource center on the company intranet that includes talking points, exemption forms, and links to other outside organizations that support the policy. Banner's mobile clinic comes to them to give the flu shot, and the vaccination costs nothing.

I'd love to write more, but I still need to go get vaccinated myself.

Besides, it's so simple, and you're in charge. Why not just do it?


Philip Betbeze is senior leadership editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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5 comments on "Mandatory Flu Shots Mean You're Serious About Patient Safety"


pbrown6989 (10/19/2012 at 11:07 AM)
Grow up people. Why is there so much drama about a flu shot. The problem is spreading the flu to other people before you know you have it. If you have chosen healthcare as your career then you have an obligation to patients and other HCPs to get the flu shot. It is a killed virus...you can't get sick and if you insist you got the flu because of the shot, look elsewhere for the attention you obviously need.

Renee (9/27/2012 at 5:14 PM)
Just like you autonomy allows you to choose a flu shot mine allows me to choose not to! Why is it a one way street? I have been fatigued, nauseated, had a sore throat and swollen glands since I received the flu shot on Monday. But it's someone else's decision to infect me with a virus and make me ill!! Missing many hours of work and productivity due to it.

Kate (9/25/2012 at 6:26 PM)
Maybe your employer shouldn't make you wash your hands, either, since that interferes with your bodily autonomy. You might even have a bad dermatologic reaction to the alcohol-based rinse, or the unusual scent of the soap might trigger a killer migraine. Your autonomy over your body does not give you the right to infect mine.