MADISON (WKOW) -- In an effort to reduce the number of influenza cases in hospitals, UW Health is requiring employees to get flu shots.
According to a Wisconsin State Journal report, employees will be put on unpaid leave if they don't get vaccinated by December 1. They can submit a religious waiver or medical waiver signed by a doctor. Workers who don't comply after another 45 days could be fired.
The union that represents UW Hospital nurses and therapists, SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin, thinks the mandate goes too far and is asking UW Health to consider an exemption for personal beliefs.
According to the state Department of Health Services, 26 percent of hospitals and 12 percent of nursing homes in Wisconsin had similar mandates last year.
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