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Mandatory Flu Shots for Medical & Dental Workers

September 30th, 2009 · No Comments

syringeThere is a drive on for all healthcare workers to receive both seasonal influenza and H1N1 vaccinations.

New York is the first state to require all healthcare workers, who have direct patient contact at hospitals, hospices, health centers or even home care, to get flu shots – both the seasonal flu and the H1N1 when it becomes available in October.

The logic used here is based on the fact that traditionally only about 50 percent of all healthcare are vaccinated during a normal flu season, even though their patients, obviously have a tendency to be more susceptible to the complications of the flu.

Additionally, the Hospital Corporation of America is requiring 120,000 employees to be vaccinated as well as MedStar with 25,000 employees. These required inoculations are being met with resistance on health, religious and civil rights grounds. The New York State Health Commissioner stated that “The patient’s well-being comes ahead of the personal preferences of healthcare workers.”

This philosophy has caused great concern throughout the entire healthcare industry especially since the Secretary of Health and Human Services has stated the “this is a voluntary vaccine.”

This is an ongoing issue – please check to see how this affects you.

don-post-picHealth Compliance Team
Post Office Box 472
Central Valley, New York 10917
Tel. 845-460-3034
Toll Free 800-724-1263
Fax: 845-928-1315

Tags: Administrative · Compliance

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