The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine has issued guidance recommending mandatory annual flu vaccines for all health care personnel in post-acute and long-term care settings unless there is a medical contraindication. The guidance also calls for unvaccinated post-acute and long-term care personnel to wear personal protective masks when in direct contact with residents during flu season. To protect the lives and welfare of patients and hospital employees, the AHA supports mandatory patient safety policies that require either flu vaccination or wearing a mask in the presence of patients across health care settings during flu season. 

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