An influenza vaccine will be needed for “all members of the UC community,” University of California officials announced Friday.
The executive order says staff, faculty and students must have been shot before Nov. 1, the San Francisco Chronicle first reported.
It is a preventative measure designed to alleviate the overlap of the coronavirus with the flu season, which could cause additional stress to the care system.
The UC statement said: “The executive order is an important proactive measure to help protect members of the UC community – and the general public – and to improve the serious burdens of health systems planned during the UC. next autumn and winter against the flu and COVID -19 diseases. ”
According to the statement, there will be a process for teachers and staff to apply for medical exemptions.
A UC Davis physician has also expressed the importance of limiting the community spread of COVID-19 before the flu season begins.
“And if we have the coronavirus season that overlaps with the flu season, where people are inside and we know there will be more transmission. This is a recipe for disaster, “Dr. Dean Blumberg said in a previous interview.
The UC system says it already has an immunization policy for students and that this order will include flu shots in that policy.
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