Lack of sick time helped spread 5 million cases of flu-like illnesses during the swine flu outbreak, the American Journal of Public Health reported.
Threatening caregivers only creates a more hostile, less therapeutic environment, and is counter to the mission of healing, recovery and public safety.
Such a program includes rigorous cleaning of hospital surfaces and disinfecting patient rooms; promoting frequent hand washing with soap; screening and isolating contagious patients when they arrive in the ER or are admitted to the hospital; and promoting education on infectious control measures, including vaccination.
Too many hospitals, whose mantra is profits, not patient safety, favor forced vaccinations while cutting nursing or housekeeping staff, and denying paid sick leave, as most industrialized nations ensure.
Because organizational vaccination rates remained below target levels, influenza vaccination was made a condition of employment for all employees in 2008.
Mandating masks is even less effective, with no scientific evidence in support.
Surgical masks are designed to prevent dispersion, not inhalation of airborne particles, creating a misleading sense of protection.
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Eight employees (0.03%) were not vaccinated or exempted.