OLOL implements flu vaccination policy to protect patients
BATON ROUGE - Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is implementing a flu vaccination policy at the hospital to help protect the health of its patients, visitors, staff and community.
The policy - affecting more than 7,000 people - includes physicians, allied health staff, volunteers, students, contract workers and other health care providers,
The hospital says employees who do not wish to receive the flu vaccine must wear a surgical mask within the hospital to protect patients.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all health care workers get vaccinated every year against the flu. However, voluntary programs have not been effective at markedly increasing vaccination rates, which have remained at 63 percent nationwide.