South Dakota Health Care Systems to Require Employess to Get Flu Shot
The three largest health systems in South Dakota say they will require all of their employees, health care providers and volunteers to be vaccinated for influenza, effective with the 2013-2014 influenza season.
Sanford Health and Avera Health, both based in Sioux Falls, and Regional Health of Rapid City say the decision was made in order to maximize patient safety and protect employees against influenza.
Last year, 37 people died from influenza in South Dakota, the highest number of influenza-related deaths since 2004.
Experts say neonates, the elderly, those with compromised immune systems and chronically ill patients are at particularly high risk of serious illness if they are infected with influenza.