Should Flu Vaccines be Mandatory for Healthcare Workers?

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ST. LOUIS―This season's widespread flu is a harsh reminder of the importance of influenza vaccines; this is particularly true for healthcare workers, said Elizabeth Sepper, JD, health-law expert and professor of law at Washington University, in St. Louis.

Sepper’s comments are published in the Harvard Law Bill of Health blog.

“One-third of healthcare providers fail to protect themselves, their patients, and the public from influenza," Sepper said.

She added that it is time for a national flu-vaccine mandate for healthcare workers.

“Regulation ensures patients don’t have to rely on the goodwill of particular institutions or providers," she said. “It also avoids the model of employer coercion of employees, and establishes vaccination as a professional obligation. “

To read the Harvard Law Bill of Health blog, click here.

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