MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

Study finds workers don't quit because of mandatory flu shot

A study announced on Tuesday by Jorge Parada, the study's author and professor of medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, shows that workers do not quit their jobs due to mandatory flu shot requirements.

The study consisted of a four-year analysis of mandatory flu shots given to health care workers as a requirement for their jobs at Loyola. The results showed that in the 2009/2010 season, 99.2 percent of employees received the vaccine, .7 percent were exempt due to medical or religious reasons and .1 percent refused the vaccine and chose to quit their job.

"First do no harm is our mandate as health care workers," Parada said. "We have a fiduciary responsibility to perform hand hygiene and adhere to contact precautions, and flu vaccines should be considered in the same vein -- meaning we should do all we can to not pass along illness to our patients."

The results from 2012 show similar results, with 98.7 percent receiving the vaccinations, 1.2 percent exempt and .06 percent refusing the vaccination.

"In reality our numbers were even better than that, of the 5 persons who refused vaccination in the mandatory period, 3 were unpaid volunteers, who later reconsidered, received vaccine and returned to Loyola," Parada said. "The two other persons were part-time staff, each with only 10% time commitment at Loyola...truly reflecting a 0.002 vaccine refusal rate."