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Published on October 06, 2014

CCHC Issues New Flu Shot Policy for Workers

The safety and well-being of patients is at the heart of Cape Cod Healthcare’s mission to deliver the highest quality care to our region. As the 2014-2015 flu season approaches, CCHC has implemented a new policy regarding flu vaccinations for all workers. Effective December 1, 2014, all physicians, employees, students, volunteers and vendors will be required to be immunized against influenza or wear a surgical mask while in all CCHC patient care areas during influenza season.

The new CCHC policy is not a mandate for physicians, employees, volunteers, students and vendors to receive a flu shot, as they will have the option of signing a form declining the vaccination. However, anyone who declines vaccination will be required to wear a surgical mask at all times within patient care areas at all CCHC facilities.

Influenza is a serious respiratory disease that kills an average of 36,000 people and hospitalizes more than 200,000 people in the U.S. each year. Patients, especially young children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with chronic health conditions, are at greater for influenza-related hospitalizations and death. Agencies such as the CDC  the state Department of Public Health and The Joint Commission recommend vaccinations for all individuals who work in the healthcare field.

“We believe it’s an important public health responsibility for all those who provide care and services to patients within our facilities to be vaccinated against the flu,” said Michael K. Lauf, President and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare. “This new policy will help ensure that patients and visitors are protected from transmission of the flu while they are in one of our facilities.”

CCHC will provide flu vaccinations free of charge to all physicians, employees, students, volunteers and vendors beginning October 1, 2014, and continuing throughout the influenza season. All vaccinated members of the CCHC staff will have a sticker displayed on their ID badge.

For the safety of patients, staff, volunteers and others, Cape Cod Healthcare strongly advises that anyone entering one of its facilities during flu season be vaccinated against influenza.

Flu facts from the CDC

flu facts from the CDC

Flu facts from the MA DPH

flu facts from the MA DPH

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