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50 Workers Fired For Refusing Flu Shot

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    50 Workers Fired For Refusing Flu Shot
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    CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 26: (FILE PHOTO) A technician prepares a flu vaccine by drawing it from its vial through a needle into a syringe September 26, 2002 at a health clinic in Chicago. Flu-shot season officially begins next week. Health officials are calling for wider use of influenza vaccine this during the Flue season. About 36,000 people die each year from influenza or its complications. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

    A Minnesota-based health system has fired about 50 employees who refused to get a flu shot.

    Essentia Health announced last month that employees would be required to get vaccinated for influenza unless they received a religious or medical exemption.

    The company said it wanted to help keep patients from getting sick at its 15 hospitals and 75 clinics in Minnesota, Idaho, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

    Essentia says 99 percent of the company's 13,900 eligible employees had gotten the shot, received an exemption or were getting an exemption by the Monday deadline.

    The United Steelworkers filed an injunction to try to delay the policy, but a federal judge denied the request. Minnesota Public Radio reports at least two other unions are filing grievances on behalf of workers who lost their jobs.

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