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Moffitt To Employees: Flu Shot or Mask

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Tampa Tribune

When H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center asked its employees to get flu shots, only about 60 percent complied. Bribes didn’t work either.

So Moffitt stopped asking and made it hospital policy.

Now, 92 percent of cancer center employees have been immunized, the Tampa Tribune reports. Those who refuse are required to wear a surgical mask at work.

Most hospitals are still trying to get volunteers by making it convenient and offering incentives. At Tampa General, 95 percent of the staff were vaccinated after being offered a discount of $130 on their insurance premiums.
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BayCare Health System reports that this year’s compliance is better than last year’s, but still only half the staff got inoculated.

The national average for this season is about 63 percent, according to the CDC.