Friday, July 24, 2009
Mandatory influenza vaccination?
The New York State Hospital Planning and Review Council has passed a regulation that could mandate influenza vaccination of all healthcare workers despite strong opposition from the New York Nurses Association. While I am an avid proponent of influenza vaccination for healthcare workers, believe that hospitals should make every effort to remove barriers to vaccination, and dutifully receive the vaccine every year myself, I remain conflicted about mandating the vaccine. I usually don't have trouble forming an opinion about most aspects of infection prevention and control, but this is one issue that I can't seem to resolve.