Holland Hospital Mandates Flu Shot For Workers

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HOLLAND, Mich. – Holland Hospital announced Friday that the flu shot will be mandatory for workers.

The new policy will be implemented beginning in the fall of 2013.

The policy will apply to all Holland Hospital, Lakeshore Health Partners and Holland Hospital service employees.

“Approximately two-thirds of our workforce consistently receives a flu shot,” said Matthew Fletcher,  D.O., Internal Medicine specialist and hospital Infection Control Medical Director. ” However, our goal is to have our entire staff receive the flu shot.”

All medical staff, volunteers, contract employees and students, with the exception of those who are medically ineligible, will be required to receive the vaccine.

“We want to protect our patients, employees, medical staff, volunteers and their families from the flu virus,” Fletcher said. “Mandatory influenza vaccination has become the community standard.  It’s the right thing to do.”

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  • Beth B

    Exemptions for medical and religious beliefs should be allowed by this hospital, unless, of course, this annual flu shot mandate is solely driven by the new Medicare/Medicaid policy that all hospitals will receive a 2% deduction in reimbursement if 90% of their staff, volunteers, and students are not vaccinated in 2013 and beyond. That Medicare/Medicaid dictate, which is allegedly "voluntary" has nothing at all to do with reduction of disease burden and everything to do with control of the hospital staff by a federal agency overstepping its bounds in a totalitarian way pushing an ineffective vaccine that can cause Guillain-Barre, and has questionable efficacy. Why are these vaccine mandates always about profits before people? What country is this? Disgusting!

  • Marlene M

    When I was in the Air Force, everyone was required to get the flu vaccine. It helped to protect everyone we worked with, and I think it is a good thing to do. I especially think that hospitals should require it for all their employees since patients often have compromised immune systems and thus are more vulnerable to viruses.

  • Angie

    This is a good thing. Those who work or volunteer in a hospital are dealing first hand with people who come in with the flu and then they have to work with other patients who might not have the flu but may be immuno–compromised.. The hospital employees don't need to be getting infected with the flu and spreading it to their families and elsewhere in the community. Why do people always try to link vaccinations with money or profit gains? We've erradicated many fatal diseases through vaccination, including allowing not as many people to get the flu, or if they do the symptoms are very reduced. Way to go Holland Hospital!

  • Beth B

    One has to wonder if Marlene M, Anna and Angie are employed by the pharmaceutical industry. I sure do! This vaccine is not efficacious, and it most certainly does not suddenly make a hospital antiseptic. No vaccine for any disease is capable of removing germs from the air, from surfaces, or from up a person's nose. There will be no flu disease reduction from this policy, but likely an increase of influenza and influenza-like illnesses– just like what happened in 2009-2010 during the Swine Flu fiasco in five Canadian provinces. H1N1 Flu occurred 2.5 times more often in those who took a seasonal flu vaccine not containing H1N1. Why? The seasonal flu shot made Canadians 2.5 times more susceptible to the circulating strain of H1N1 due to their uptake of the seasonal flu shot.