Submitted by Jack Lynch, MLH President & CEO; Andy Norton, MD, Chief Medical Officer; and Angus Gillis, MD, President, MLH Medical Staff
This is a reminder that Main Line Health’s mandatory vaccination policy requires all physicians, specified health professionals, employees, contracted clinical personnel and volunteers to be vaccinated against influenza as a condition of employment or use of MLH facilities.
The deadline for compliance with the flu vaccination policy is December 1, 2014. Free vaccinations will be available at MLH facilities from September 29 until late November.
As this season’s flu vaccine becomes available and you receive your vaccination, please remember to forward documentation to Main Line Health to be credited with compliance with our mandatory influenza vaccination policy.
If you have already been vaccinated for this flu season, you may send documentation (Informed Consent Form or receipt indicating vaccination) to the MLH Medical Staff Office (fax: 484.337.3731 or 484.337.8036; email: email@example.com).
MLH has been one of the leaders in implementing this level of protection. For the past four years, this policy has helped protect our families, our colleagues and especially our patients, who typically are more vulnerable to infection and potentially life-threatening complications. No patient developed influenza while hospitalized in any acute MLH facility over the past four flu seasons.
Since the current influenza vaccine contains a small amount of egg protein, those with serious (anaphylactic) allergies to eggs should not be vaccinated. However, those with mild and moderate egg allergies are eligible for vaccination at Occupational Health offices, following CDC recommendations. Religious exemptions will continue to be recognized, but we strongly urge all staff to receive the vaccination for the upcoming influenza season to safeguard themselves and our patients. Those who received a medical or religious exemption last year do not have to re-apply unless an allergy is no longer an issue because of new vaccine technology. Requests for new medical or religious exemptions must be submitted to Occupational Health by October 31.
Further information, including the complete policy, vaccination schedules and exemption forms, is available through the Medical Staff Office and via the Flu Season 2014-2015 link on the Main Line Health intranet homepage (MLH network login may be required).
Our work – and the environment we work in – demands our every effort to protect our patients and staff and to avoid bringing infection home to our families. As always, we thank you for all that you do to help keep our patients safe and look forward to your continued support and participation.