October 06, 2020

Susan Kline Comments on How Employers Can Prepare for Flu Season During the Pandemic

Indianapolis Star

In the article “‘A big unknown and a big worry’: Why doctors are stressing flu shots amid the pandemic,” the Indianapolis Star turned to labor and employment partner Susan Kline for insight on how employers and workplaces can prepare for flu season.

The Indy Star reports that in the past many people may have been able to receive a flu shot at their workplace. Businesses that have gone remote in the face of coronavirus are less likely to be offering such a clinic this year, leaving it up to employees, said Kline.

On the other hand, places where people need to be present may be more likely to ask them to have the flu vaccine this year. If employees can show that they have a faith objection to the shot or a medical reason not to have it, the employer may work with them to find an alternative, Kline said, such as using a face shield with a mask or putting a production line worker at the end of the line where he or she is more isolated.

“A lot of employers approach it with a carrot, not a stick,” Kline said. “They turn it into a really attractive benefit.”

Typically, hospitals require their employees to be vaccinated. This year, other professions such as teachers and nursing home personnel who are not health care workers may also find themselves required or strongly encouraged to be vaccinated, Kline said.

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