June 11—Requiring healthcare workers to get an influenza (flu) vaccination as a condition of employment does not result in a large number of employees quitting their jobs, according to a four-year analysis of vaccination rates at Loyola University Medical Center that was recently presented at the annual conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. 

In 2009, Loyola University Medical Center created and implemented a mandatory influenza vaccination policy to prevent healthcare providers from contracting the flu and spreading it to patients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all healthcare personnel receive an annual flu shot. 

Loyola’s mandatory policy not only applies to employees, but also to students, volunteers, and contractors. In the first year of the mandatory policy, 99.2 percent of employees received the vaccine, 0.7 percent were exempted for religious/medical reasons, and 0.1 percent refused vaccination and chose to terminate employment. The results have been sustained going forward. 

Publication Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2013