It's that time of year -- time to roll up your sleeve. This year the flu shot or mist won't be encouraged, but required, for many of South Dakota's healthcare employees.
"Providing the best possible protection against transmission of influenza in the facility where we work and take care of patients," Sanford Chief Quality Officer Dr. Tom Braithwaite said.
Dr. Braithwaite hopes this will not only better protect employees, but also patients.
"To get to the point where we can truly confidently say we're doing everything we can to protect those individuals," Braithwaite said.
Unlike past years, people with egg allergies can now get the shot because of a new vaccine that's made without eggs. Braithwaite says adverse reactions to the shot are extremely rare, but there are a few employees who will not be forced to get the vaccine.
"Those with a reason for religious belief or one of the few documented medical reasons for not taking the vaccine," Braithwaite said.
Last year around 70 percent of Sanford's employees got the shot. Braithwaite says with the new initiative, hopefully 90 percent of employees and countless patients will be better protected from influenza.