September 23, 2009
[efoods]In year’s past, Quad City hospitals highly recommended the flu shot to employees. This year, they’re a requirement. If you work for Genesis or Trinity, whether you’re a doctor in the back or a greeter up front, you must get a seasonal flu shot. Adminstators say it’s all about protecting their patients.
“If you have staff that perhaps have influenza, have influenza-like symptoms or they haven’t manifested yet and they’re caring for patients, we’re putting our patients at risk,” Erin Lounsberry with Trinity Regional Health System said.
With H1N1 in our midst and hospitals planning for a major seasonal flu outbreak, local hospitals aren’t taking any chances. A letter to employees at Trinity says the only exceptions will be for medical reasons. In that case, the employee has to have a doctor’s note.