In a recent post (Encourage Health Care Workers to Get the Flu Shot: Use the Carrot or the Stick?) I described the approach Ministry Health Care has taken to increase the influenza immunization rate among our health care workers. I am delighted to report that this year we achieved immunization rate well over 90%. Most of the declinations have been due to medical reasons (allergy to components of the flu shot for example). The organization has been able to achieve a very high rate of immunization without having to threaten job termination as has been done elsewhere.
The Flu Fighter button is beginning to be a bit of a status symbol. We are seeing construction workers and contract employees presenting evidence of influenza immunization to us so they as well can proudly display their button.
As a health care worker, my first aim is to do no harm. One of the strategies to accomplish is to get the flu shot so that I can reduce the chance of spreading the flu to others. Getting the flu shot is one great strategy to protect your family, your loved ones and those you come into contact with from catching the flu from you.