A flu attack will be needed for “all members of the UC community,” University of California officials announced Friday.
The executive order says staff, faculty and students will need to have taken a shot before Nov. 1, as first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.
It is a preventative measure aimed at facilitating the overlap of coronavirus with the flu season, which can cause added stress to the healthcare 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 heavy burden on healthcare systems envisaged next fall and winter. from the flu and COVID -19 diseases “
Under the release, there will be a process for faculty and staff to request medical exemptions.
A doctor at UC Davis has also expressed the importance of limiting the spread of COVID-19 in the community before the flu season begins.
“And if we have the coronavirus season overlapping with the flu season, where people are inside and we know there will be more transmission. This is a recipe for disaster,” said Dr. Dean Blumberg in a previous interview.
The UC system says it already has a policy on immunizations for students and that this order will include flu shots in that policy.
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