October 3, 2012
By 7:42 a.m. Tuesday, they were at 62.83 percent.
By 11:05 a.m., staff at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center had vaccinated 63.1 percent of their co-workers against the flu.
That’s 3,976 people vaccinated in just less than 30
hours, with 12 more hours to reach all 6,303 St. Francis employees or,
at least, as many as possible.
Universal flu vaccines
for employees are a priority at St. Francis. Hospital officials say
they want to make sure employees don’t spread the flu to patients or
each other or get it from them.
But St. Francis’ “mass influenza immunization drill” was as much
practice for a disastrous emergency – think bioterrorism, chemical spill
or a deadly virus pandemic – as it was precaution against the flu.