Health System Fires 50 for Refusing to Get Flu Shots - NBC4 Washington
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

Health System Fires 50 for Refusing to Get Flu Shots

It’s part of a growing trend for hospitals to require flu shots for workers

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Under the Tucson Sun
    Getty Images/iStockphoto
    File photo

    About 50 employees of Essentia Health, an upper-Midwest hospital chain, didn’t go to work Wednesday.

    But it wasn’t an early start to the Thanksgiving holiday for them. They were fired for refusing to get flu shots, NBC News reported.

    It’s part of a growing trend for hospitals to require flu shots for workers.  

    “It’s a patient safety issue,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University and a spokesman for the Infectious Diseases Society of America. “It’s so that we do not give flu to our patients.”

    Avalanche Buries Unknown Number of People in NM

    [NATL] Avalanche Buries Unknown Number of People in NM

    Ski Patrol and first responders are working to rescue an unknown number of skiers buried in an avalanche at Taos Ski Resort in New Mexico

    (Published 6 hours ago)