By Chuck Lindell
Under a wide-ranging health care bill approved Friday by the Texas Senate, hospitals would have to develop policies requiring immunizations for employees who have contact with patients.
The provision, which can include everyone from housekeepers to doctors, is intended to protect patients from exposure to preventable diseases, particularly the flu.
“It’s a patient-safety issue,” said Denise Rose with the Texas Hospital Association, which supports the requirement. “If someone is in a room with a patient who’s very ill or whose immune system is compromised, they should be vaccinated.”