Close to 2,100 employees at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center got flu vaccines in recent weeks following a new hospital policy that requires all employees to get vaccinated. Five employees failed to get vaccinated before the deadline and will be terminated, according to the hospital.

In all, more than 2,900 employees, community physicians, contractors and volunteers were vaccinated as part of the “Take Your Best Shot” campaign.

Employees who felt they could not get the shot because of medical or religious reasons were required to show written proof, which then went through an independent approval process. The policy was based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics in response to low levels of flu vaccination among health care workers.

The hospital says it has gotten requests for advice from infection prevention directors across the country on implementing similar programs.

The campaign began Oct. 16 with a 24-hour mass immunization drill that vaccinated approximately 1,272 employees. The hospital will use the findings from the drill to improve its emergency operations plan and review vaccine distribution in the event of pandemic influenza or a bioterrorism event.

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Arielle Levin Becker covered health care for The Connecticut Mirror. She previously worked for The Hartford Courant, most recently as its health reporter, and has also covered small towns, courts and education in Connecticut and New Jersey. She was a finalist in 2009 for the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists, a recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship and the third-place winner in 2013 for an in-depth piece on caregivers from the National Association of Health Journalists. She is a 2004 graduate of Yale University.

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