Cape Cod Healthcare institutes new flu shot policy

All hospital workers will be required to get a flu shot or wear a mask

Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC) is implementing a new flu shot policy. In a release this week, Cape Cod Healthcare announced that effective December 1, 2014, all employees, physicians, students, volunteers and vendors must either get a flu shot or wear a surgical mask in patient care areas during flu season. The policy not only covers Cape Cod and Falmouth Hospitals, but all other CCHC facilities.

"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 Cape Cod Healthcare President and CEO Michael K. Lauf.

Free flu shots for all of the organization's employees, vendors, students and volunteers are available now through flu season. 

The new policy is not a mandate, according to the release. If a CCHC associate wishes to forgo immunization, they need only sign a form and don a mask in the appropriate areas. Immunized associates will have a sticker on their ID badge.

CCHC also requests that anyone including visitors be immunized before entering a CCHC facility.

According to CCHC, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the state's Department of Public Health (DPH) both recommend flu shots for healthcare workers.


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