Health System Fires 50 for Refusing to Get Flu Shots - NBC 10 Philadelphia
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

Health System Fires 50 for Refusing to Get Flu Shots

It’s part of a growing trend for hospitals to require flu shots for workers

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Health System Fires 50 for Refusing to Get Flu Shots
    Getty Images/iStockphoto
    File photo

    About 50 employees of Essentia Health, an upper-Midwest hospital chain, didn’t go to work Wednesday.

    But it wasn’t an early start to the Thanksgiving holiday for them. They were fired for refusing to get flu shots, NBC News reported.

    It’s part of a growing trend for hospitals to require flu shots for workers.  

    “It’s a patient safety issue,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University and a spokesman for the Infectious Diseases Society of America. “It’s so that we do not give flu to our patients.”

    Woman, 93, Rescued From Camp Fire by Her Garbageman

    [NATL] Woman, 93, Rescued From Camp Fire by Her Garbageman

    Margaret Newsum, 93, had no idea that the Camp Fire was rapidly approaching her Magalia home until her caretaker left for the day and she turned on the television. She was quickly rescued by her friend Dane Ray Cummings, who decided to break company policy and rescue Newsum with his Waste Management truck. KCRA reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018)