Mandatory Flu Shots Mean You're Serious About Patient Safety
"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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