Group Wants Mandatory Flu Shots For Health Workers

The first two cases of influenza in North Carolina signal the start of the flu season, and simultaneously, a debate over whether health care workers should be forced to be vaccinated appears on the horizon.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued its flu shot guidelines, saying special efforts should be made to vaccinate health care workers. However, reports say the Academy is expected to push to make it mandatory for health care workers to be vaccinated against the flu.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists.

The Academy will release a statement Monday to urge mandatory vaccinations, according a report in USA Today.

The Centers for Disease Control says vaccination coverage levels for health care workers in the United States increased from 10% to 40% between 1989 and 2003. However, the CDC says its goal for 2010 is 60% of health care professionals to receive the flu vaccine.

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  • by Micky Location: USA on Nov 4, 2011 at 03:15 PM
    Drug companies will not be happy until all vaccines are mandatory for everyone and cholesterol screening becomes part of the newborn work-up.
  • by Seth B Barnes Location: russia on Jan 30, 2011 at 09:39 AM
    Flu symptoms are really contagious and that is why they want to enforce this 60% adherence among the health workers. Protesting this is acceptable. But consider the havoc that might be caused due to not getting vaccinated in case of a pandemic! Even am into health care and the last pointer makes me think twice before I say no to the vaccine!
  • by Judy Location: Wisconsin on Sep 16, 2010 at 08:11 AM
    Flu vaccines actually weaken the immune system and make you predisposed to the illness! JUST SAY NO TO LEGAL DRUGS!
  • by Judy Location: Wisconsin on Sep 16, 2010 at 08:06 AM
    This is just the start of the New Health Care Reform. Start with health care workers and then up the latter to mandate all vaccines to EVERYONE who has health care insurance. No up to date Vaccinations=No Health Care=$1,000 fine. Obama made a deal with Pharm to tax them on their profits as he knew with the Health Care Reform mandates on vaccines a medicines are going to sky rocket! JUST SAY NO TO LEGAL DRUGS!
  • by tam Location: pitt co on Sep 9, 2010 at 06:18 AM
    I say NO NO NO!!! I work in the med field and i have not had the flu and I have NOT had the shot either. Too many side effects. Quit trying to take our freedom away! This is just crazy.
  • by Dbears Location: Winterville on Sep 9, 2010 at 06:05 AM
    To the chastity belt suggestion, forget the mandatory flu vaccine. All jokes aside, I thought this was a free country. Where have I been??
  • by Rusty Location: Washington on Sep 8, 2010 at 07:00 PM
    Just another organization I have lost respect for, and/or will not support for any reason. Who are they going to push? I say push back! Keep us informed.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Sep 8, 2010 at 03:17 PM
    Mustang: The magazines...*shudder* I won't touch them. lol I finally found a spray cannister hand sanitizer at CVS that I love because it won't get squished in my purse, so I'm back to carrying one thankfully. They keep telling me every time I go to the Dr for anything that I "need" a flu shot and "need" pneumovax. I keep telling them NO. They keep noting that the patient refused it. I keep wondering when they will get it.
  • by Tusker Location: Winterville on Sep 8, 2010 at 02:39 PM
    The AAP needs to stick to writing papers for their journals and stop dicatating mandates. Why would anyone go into the healthcare profession, besides the love of the job, when you have all these namby-pamby eggheads telling you what to do. Ask the people that are on the front lines of healthcare what is best; the nurses and doctors actually doing patient care, not the pencil pushers in some office.
  • by How stupid is the Gubment??? Location: ENC on Sep 8, 2010 at 02:27 PM
    No, No. No, I work in the healthcare field and I will never take another flu shot. I got deathly ill after taking a flu shot, never had asthma before and it left me with respiratory problems. You could not pay me to take another flu shot, I don't care what they think or want to do, time to talk to my attorney.
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