How hospitals handle workers who refuse flu shots

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that all healthcare workers receive flu shots, many healthcare organizations struggle to enforce it, especially if staff have religious or medical reasons that prevent them from having annual immunizations. An article in MedPage Today examines options that organizations can consider, such as termination if healthcare workers refuse them or wearing masks. But many infection control experts say masks are ineffective and actually embarrass workers by calling them out for failing to get the influenza vaccines. The mask mandate is also difficult to enforce and may be a HIPAA violation, some experts told the publication. The better option, according to the article, is for healthcare organizations to relax their sick day policies so when clinicians are ill, they can stay home without worrying about repercussions. Article

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