Essentia Health announced last month that employees would be required to get vaccinated for influenza unless they received a religious or medical exemption.
The Duluth based Essentia Health has fired almost 50 workers w ho did not get a shot and now union leaders are fighting back.
Prabu says the reason the hospital went this way was to protect patients.
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Essentia stands by its mandatory policy and Dr. Prabhu maintains, this is what it takes to keep patients and fellow workers safe from potential infections this flu season. Essentia's imposed this in order to reduce the spread of flu in the health system's 75 clinics and 15 hospitals, located in 4 states.
The United Steelworkers filed an injunction to try to delay the policy from going into effect, but a federal judge denied that request.
"The flu shot isn't a be all end all it only has a certain efficacy", Strand said. In the USA, six states require health care workers to get the shot to avoid spreading the condition to their patients, who can be more sensitive.
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"For the 50 people, all employees are important".
Prabhu said this year, 99.5 percent of employees have gotten a flu shot. Most employees got the flu shot.
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