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Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu shot each year. It is the responsibility of all team members to keep themselves, their families, and the patients of HMH safe and healthy.

All HMH team members, physicians, licensed independent practitioners, and adult volunteers MUST receive their flu vaccination or an approved exemption (Medical or Religious or Sincerely Held Belief) under HMH’s mandatory Influenza Vaccination policy. Under our new policy, there are serious consequences, up to and including termination of employment, for non-compliance.

Click here to see a letter from Judith M. Persichilli, Acting Health Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health, about the importance of getting vaccinated. Since health care workers may care for or live with people at high risk for influenza-related complications, it is especially important for them to get vaccinated annually.

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