Mandatory flu vaccine – good or bad idea

We’re melting in the heat which makes it hard to believe that the flu season is just around the corner.  The American Hospital Association recently published communication about it’s stance on the flu vaccine for health care workers: AHA Endorses Patient Safety Policies Requiring Influenza Vaccination of Health Care Workers.

Here’s an excerpt:

“America’s hospitals are committed to protecting the health and well-being of patients and staff. Evidence has emerged over the past few years clearly indicating that health care workers can unintentionally expose patients to seasonal influenza if the workers have not been vaccinated, and that such exposure can be dangerous to vulnerable patients.

To protect the lives and welfare of patients and hospital employees, the American Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees recently approved a policy supporting mandatory patient safety policies that require either influenza vaccination or wearing a mask in the presence of patients across health care settings during flu season. This policy aims is to achieve the highest possible level of protection.”

What do you think, take the poll and let me know.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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2 Responses to Mandatory flu vaccine – good or bad idea

  1. Nancy Engeman says:

    Hospitals in Kansas City have taken a serious stance on mandatory influenza vaccination. Once flu season has arrived and you opt out, you wear a special ID indicating you are not vaccinated AND you wear a mask 100% of the time you are at work during flu season to prevent staff from contaminating patients or patients from contaminating staff.

  2. Holly says:

    I don’t think any vaccination should be mandated, says a mother of an autisic child. I’d rather wear a mask thanks!

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