Friday, September 30, 2011
The Time Has Come
Starting next fall, WMHS will make flu shots mandatory for all employees. A significant departure from previous years as our rate of employees being vaccinated has been historically low. The more the issue was discussed and the more we heard from hospitals in Maryland that have made flu shots mandatory, it became obvious that the time had come for WMHS to make flu shots mandatory for our staff. We will begin next year, but are using this fall as the notification period for our employees. Hopefully, this will not be a major issue. If they have a health issue that precludes such a vaccination then, a panel of clinicians will review the matter and provide a ruling. All such submissions will be assigned a number so, no one is tempted to give favorable consideration based on who the individual may be or what there standing may be in the organization. We owe it to our patients to provide the safest care while they are entrusted to us. We also owe it to our families and each other. I got my flu shot yesterday; join me in getting your flu vaccination today.