September 22, 2009

H1N1 changes Mayo’s absence policy

By Kelley Luckstein

Mayo Clinic is making it easier for its approximately 32,000 Rochester employees to call in sick to work.


They can just call their direct supervisors; until further notice there's no need to call Occupational Health.


The reason: The clinic doesn't want to get overwhelmed by "worried well" who are sick from influenza A-H1N1.


Mayo also sounded a note of relief Friday about the evolving situation. "We're seeing lots of cases, with fairly mild illness for the most part," said Dr. Robin Molella, an occupational and preventive-medicine specialist at Mayo.


Post-Bulletin by Jeff Hansel, 09/19/09

Tags: H1N1, Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic Rochester

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