State Health Department Proposes New Guidelines For Health Workers Who Don't Get Their Flu Shot
Monday, February 11, 2013
Following the high number of flu cases in New York this year, the state is taking additional steps to reduce the risk of people contracting the flu.
The New York State Department of Health is proposing a new regulation that will require personnel in hospitals, nursing homes, and diagnostic and treatment centers who have not received a flu vaccination to wear a surgical or procedure mask in areas where patients may be present.
Health care advocates say the regulation will protect the health and well-being of both patients and health care workers during a particularly intense flu season.
Hospitalizations for influenza are higher than they were during the fall 2009 H1N1 pandemic. The latest figures from the DOH show there have been more than 33,000 cases of the flu in all 57 counties across the state.
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