Revisions to influenza vaccine policy applies to all medical staff

This year we’re taking an important step in fulfilling Akron Children’s Hospital’s mission to protect and care for our patients by requiring all medical staff members and others to get the influenza vaccine by Nov. 30.

We appreciate your commitment to protecting our patients as we implement the revised policy, which only allows for medical exemptions to obtaining the vaccine. Other hospitals in our region and across the country have already implemented similar policies.

This move to more specific exemptions has also been strongly recommended by professional healthcare organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC.

If you need to decline the vaccine for medical reasons, you must have your physician complete the Medical Exemption Statement for Health Care Personnel.

If you get the vaccine from another healthcare provider outside of Akron Children’s Hospital, you must provide Medical Staff Services with documentation showing you have been vaccinated.

For questions about the policy or the vaccine, contact the medical staff office at 330-543-4861.

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