By Mike McEvoy
The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) issued an October 2010 position paper calling for mandatory influenza vaccination of all health care providers (HCPs). SHEA believes that flu vaccination of HCPs is a core safety practice and part of each employer and workers responsibility to patients to protect them from the flu. Whether they become sick or not, unvaccinated health care workers carry flu virus and transmit it to their patients as well as bring it home to infect their families. Vaccination breaks this cycle.
CLICK HERE for a copy of the SHEA position paper (PDF, approximately 150 Kb).