Prevention of Influenza Transmission
School administrators have just been informed of a new public health regulation, "Prevention of Influenza Transmission by Healthcare and Residential Facility and Agency Personnel," that will effect interns this year. The regulation required that you present proof of vaccination or that you "wear a surgical mask at all times while in areas where patients or residents may be present during periods that the Commissioner of Health determines that influenza is prevalent" (NYS Dept. of Health letter to school administrators, Sept. 20, 2013).
To avoid loss of internship hours, please consider vaccination and request documentation from your healthcare provider. Questions may be directed to your program director.