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Jul 16, 2010

Jul 16, 2010

IDSA urges mandatory flu shots for health workers

(CIDRAP News) – The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has formally asked federal health officials to recommend making influenza vaccination mandatory for healthcare workers (HCWs), saying this is probably the best way to protect patients from contracting flu in healthcare facilities.

Apr 01, 2010

Apr 01, 2010

H1N1 vaccine rates low in healthcare workers

(CIDRAP News) – Although less than 40% of healthcare workers have received the pandemic flu vaccine, federal officials see promising signs about uptake of the seasonal vaccine and strategies for boosting vaccination rates in this group.

Oct 10, 2008

Oct 10, 2008

APIC seeks mandate for flu shots in health workers

(CIDRAP News) – In the face of chronic low influenza vaccination rates among healthcare workers, the leading US society of infection control professionals says it's time to require medically eligible workers to either get the immunization or sign a form saying they understand the risks to patients if they skip it.

Feb 13, 2006

Feb 13, 2006

CDC wants more healthcare workers to get flu shots

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new recommendations last week in an effort to push the percentage of healthcare workers who receive influenza shots above the 40% range, where it has been stalled for years.

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