Metro Health workers that don't receive a flu shot will be sticking out like sore thumbs this year. The hospital system is urging their workers receive a vaccination as Swine Flu threatens to wreak havoc on the United States. Metro sent an email to staff saying whoever does not receive a flu shot this year will be forced to wear surgical masks while working with patients
The hospital system sent out an email to staff that in part stated:
If you have questions or concerns about the H1N1 or seasonal flu, we’re offering you the opportunity to pose your questions or concerns to MetroHealth’s Infectious Disease expert, Jennifer Hanrahan, DO, and Internal Medicine’s Todd Joyner, MD. You’ll also have the chance to get your seasonal flu vaccine, as Employee Health staff will be on hand as well.
This year is different! All employees who have regular contact with patients MUST be vaccinated against the seasonal and H1N1 flu, or they will be required to wear a surgical mask while working. Even if you don’t work with or near patients, you should get protected.