The National Vaccine Advisory Committee, an advisory group to the Department of Health and Human Services, recently recommended a set of voluntary measures to increase influenza vaccination rates among health care workers (HCWs), stopping short of urging mandatory vaccination. Employers, however, should consider mandatory vaccination policies if facilities fall short of immunization goals using voluntary measures, the committee also recommended.
IDSA, joined by the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, had earlier urged the committee to strongly recommend mandatory influenza vaccination policies for all HCWs. The comments are online (PDF).
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