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Flu Shot Requirement for Healthcare Personnels in New York State
Date:8/28/2013

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 28, 2013

In trying to protect some of the most vulnerable individuals from the flu, the New York State Department of Health is now requiring all unvaccinated healthcare personnel to wear a facemask while treating their patients. This new flu shot requirement was put into effect on July 31st 2013. To accommodate a greater need for the flu vaccine, Mobile Health is offering additional services to healthcare companies seeking to comply with this new regulation.

In an industry where only 63.5% of healthcare personnel get a seasonal influenza vaccine (CDC), the new regulation seeks to protect vulnerable patients who are at a high risk for flu related complications. The Center for Disease Control reports “Since health care workers may care for or live with people at high risk for influenza-related complications, it is especially important for them to get vaccinated annually.” Unvaccinated personnel will be required to wear a facemask while serving their patients when the Department of Health (DOH) declares the flu “widespread”. This policy applies to those with a medical exemption as well as religious or personal beliefs.

All effected healthcare organizations are required to maintain and submit detailed reports on vaccination status of their employees, contractors, students, volunteers and anyone else with direct patient contact from their agency. This rule does not apply to visitors or relatives of patients. On November 15th, a report must be submitted to the DOH detailing vaccination status of the different groups. In addition, an itemized report must be made available showing each individual’s vaccination status, where the vaccine was administered, and date. This report will be made available duri
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