New Hospital Requirements in NY

09.18.13 | Bob Price

New York is requiring anyone who might come in contact with patients at hospitals and other health care facilities to get a vaccine or wear masks during the upcoming flu season. It's an ambitious effort to control the flu in the places it is known to spread. The New York Health Department rule applies to more than 4,000 hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers, nursing homes, hospices and home care agencies statewide. It specifically applies beyond doctors and nurses to students, volunteers, contractors and even some cafeteria workers. Health facilities are required to document their employee compliance and vaccination status during the flu season, which runs from late November to April.  Seventeen other states have similar requirements. Several unions representing health care workers oppose the regulations, calling them coercive.