Holland Hospital Mandates Flu Shot For Workers

Posted at 7:04 PM, Jan 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-11 19:04:01-05

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.”