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Sentara Flu Prevention Policy Now in Effect 

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Employees required to participate in annual influenza prevention campaign

Sentara has a commitment to always keep patients and employees safe.Sentara has a commitment to always keep patients and employees safe. Immunization against influenza has been proven to reduce the risk of transmission of this potentially fatal disease. The Centers for Disease Control, American Hospital Association, and other regulatory agencies and professional organizations recommend that healthcare workers be immunized against influenza or require that a surgical mask be worn during influenza season.

In accordance with these recommendations, all Sentara employees shall be required to participate in the annual influenza prevention campaign as follows: 1) obtain recommended influenza vaccination from Sentara or another provider, or 2) decline vaccination. Those who decline vaccination will be required to wear a mask during influenza season.

Please note that some members of our team may be wearing a mask during flu season because they are unable to take the vaccine. These masks are simply a method to help prevent the spread of influenza. Please be careful not to rush to judgment on our team members who are wearing masks. Our goal is 100 percent vaccination for our teammates who don't have medical reasons for not taking the vaccine.

It's not too late to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu this season. Here are some resources to help:

- Everyday steps to avoid the flu

- All about the flu vaccine

- Flu symptoms and warning signs

- Q&A about the 2012-2013 flu season


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