PITTSBURGH - Some healthcare workers at area hospitals will be protected against the flu starting next year, whether they want to be or not. UPMC announced Friday that universal flu immunization for clinical staff will start in the 2015-2016 flu season.
Employees who don't work in a medical capacity won't have to be vaccinated against the flu. The health system says the new policy won't affect this season's flu immunization policy which strongly encourages workers to get the flu shot and requires those who don't to opt out.
UPMC notes that many national health advisory organizations, including the American Hospital Association, Infectious Disease Society of America and American College of Physicians, support mandatory influenza immunization for health care workers. Other leading health care organizations, including Johns Hopkins University Hospitals, Mayo Clinic and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, have mandatory flu vaccination policies.
UPMC has 2 hospitals in our region, UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford.