Monday, October 5, 2009

Hospital's new flu shot policy to affect thousands:,0,2283683.story

Associated Press
11:14 a.m. CDT, September 29, 2009

CHICAGO - A large Chicago hospital is requiring all employees, students, volunteers and contractors to get a yearly seasonal flu shot.

Rush University Medical Center announced the new policy Tuesday. The hospital also will require the swine flu vaccine, depending on its availability.

Rush says it's ordered enough vaccine for more than 8,000 employees and 1,500 students. The shots will be free.

Some exemptions may be granted for medical and other reasons. But those with exemptions will be required to wear a face mask in all patient areas during flu season.

Several infectious disease groups support required flu vaccination for health workers. Loyola University Medical Center in suburban Chicago also has made seasonal flu shots mandatory for all workers.

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