For the health and safety of our patients, employees and visitors, Anne Arundel Medical Center is taking a proactive stand against influenza by requiring all employees, affiliated medical staff, volunteers, students, contracted staff, and vendors to receive an annual seasonal flu vaccine.
AAMC is committed to making the flu vaccine as accessible as possible for employees by offering the vaccine in many flu clinics covering varying shifts, locations, and weekends throughout the flu campaign, October 21 through November 15. The flu clinic schedule is located on the employee web page at AAHS.org/ProtectThisHospital.
Requiring healthcare workers to get vaccinated against influenza is consistent with our mission “to enhance the health of the people we serve,” and furthers our vision to live healthier together.
Influenza is a major patient safety, quality of care and public health issue.
Vaccination of employees and affiliated medical staff reduces the risk to patients and co-workers. Healthcare workers have been implicated as the source of influenza outbreaks in health care settings. People can unknowingly transmit influenza to others before the first symptoms appear.
Influenza is a serious illness causing significant morbidity and mortality that adversely affects the public health on an annual basis. Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses affecting the nose, throat and lungs. The seasonal influenza virus does not cause gastrointestinal illness.
Our decision to implement Universal Influenza Vaccination for AAMC is based on recommendations from all major clinical, national, scientific, and regulatory agencies, including the Maryland Hospital Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Hospital Association, The Joint Commission, and the American Medical Association.
Eligible exemptions from participating in the flu vaccination program are listed on the consent form. If you have already received the influenza vaccine elsewhere, date and location must be documented on this form. Very few people are unable to receive the flu vaccine. Rare medical conditions, including a severe anaphylaxis reaction to the flu vaccine/vaccine components, or a history of Guillain Barre Syndrome, would be eligible exemptions from the program. Exemptions from flu vaccination must be documented on the influenza vaccine consent form and may require additional review on a case by case basis for approval.
Those who fail to obtain an influenza vaccine or have an ineligible exemption from getting the flu shot will be subject to disciplinary action. See the AAHS policy here.