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Hospital policy changes - Measles, Flu and Candida auris

Medical Environment Update, November 12, 2019

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By Thom Wellington

According to U.S. News & World Report, health officials are predicting the upcoming flu season to be severe. Hospitals are scrambling to address the risks presented by increasing measles cases, flu contagion, and prevention of the spread of the multi-drug resistant fungus Candida auris (C. auris). More healthcare systems are reviewing existing health tracking policies of employees and vendors to prevent unnecessary exposure to both patients and staff.

Over the years, hospitals have fought their way through requiring flu shots for all employees. The task was more difficult than expected, with nurses and others filing legal action against employers to protect them from the immunization mandate. One settlement had attending medical staff who refused flu vaccines to wear an N-95 respirator during the flu season instead. 

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