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Employers' Requiring Preventive Health Steps Makes Sense
Hartford Courant - 10/8/11
It's a wonder why some people won't take simple health precautions to protect not only themselves, but their loved ones, colleagues, the public. But because human nature abhors a doctor's office, Connecticut employers, public and private, are having to try a tougher health care tactic after years of gentle persuasion: Take precautions – or else.
Flu Campaign Targets Nurses
StaffNurse.com (UK) - 9/23/11
Employers, unions and the government have joined forces to launch the first national flu vaccination campaign aimed at nurses and other health staff. It follows figures showing that only 34.7 per cent of front-line health workers had seasonal flu vaccinations last year, up from just one quarter in 2009. Take-up varies between trusts from over 90 per cent to under 10 per cent.
Local Hospital's New Policy Requires Employee Vaccination
ShorelinePlus.com - 9/22/11
The Hospital of Saint Raphael is the first hospital in the state to require that all employees get influenza vaccinations to protect patients and other employees when flu season arrives. Employees must show proof of vaccination or submit documentation for a medical exemption by Dec. 1, 2011, or they will not be allowed to work.
Two Boston Hospitals Mandating Flu Shots for Workers
Boston Globe (blog) - 9/14/11
Two of Boston's largest teaching hospitals will require all employees who have contact with patients to get a flu vaccine this fall or face suspension or possibly termination. The two, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Children's Hospital Boston, are part of a 10-hospital coalition that pledged in July to adopt policies "as quickly as logistically feasible" to mandate seasonal flu vaccines for all health care workers "as a condition of employment."
Aurora Health Care To Mandate Employee Flu Shots
WISN Milwaukee - 8/31/11
Aurora Health Care employees must get flu shots this season or risk discipline, including dismissal. Officials at the health care group said all 31,000 employees will have until Dec. 31 to get the vaccination. The mandate includes all health care workers and volunteers.
Hospital-Based Vaccination Programs Likely Decrease Chances
Pediatric SuperSite - 8/26/11
Researchers noted "a progressive decrease" in the likelihood of an outbreak after the implementation of a hospital-based [tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis] vaccine program. Amy L. Greer, MSc, PhD, of the Public Health Agency of Canada, and David N. Fisman, MD, MPH, of University of Toronto, calculated the cost-effectiveness of vaccinating personnel in a neonatal ICU. Their calculations compared costs involved with no pertussis booster vaccination programs with a program that achieves between 25% and 95% vaccine coverage.
Many Health Care Workers Don't Get Flu Vaccines
WebMD - 8/16/11
A new report from the CDC suggests that not enough health care workers are being vaccinated against the flu. In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC says that only 63.5% of 1,931 health care workers who took part in a survey in April 2011 said they had received flu vaccinations. The coverage for doctors was 84%, compared to 70% for nurses.
Flu Vaccinations Pushed for Maryland Hospitals
Baltimore Sun - 8/12/11
Maryland hospitals have become more aggressive in recent years about vaccinating workers for the flu, but public health officials are pushing for even stricter programs to halt the spread of a virus that kills thousands each year. As manufacturers have begun shipping vaccine for the 2011-2012 flu season and vaccination programs are being planned, some officials are pushing hospitals to make vaccinations mandatory for employees. They say the vaccine is the most effective means of protecting workers and adds a crucial layer of safety for highly vulnerable patients such as newborns, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
Intermountain Healthcare Delivers Mandatory Flu Shot Policy, Others Strive for Higher Immunization Rates
Desert Sun - 7/29/11
Health care systems across the nation are changing their immunization policies to protect the public, beginning with mandatory flu shots for employees. Changes at a large Utah health care employer are coming on the heels of a recommendation from local health officials, as well as the Immunization Action Coalition, which works closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Large Study Reaffirms H1N1, Seasonal Flu Vaccine Safety
Health Behavior News Service - 7/5/11
Back in spring 2009, the H1N1 influenza virus crossed the U.S. border and raised concerns that it might cause a full-scale epidemic in the fall. The Food and Drug Administration worked with other Health and Human Services agencies and vaccine manufacturers to quickly develop, license and distribute a vaccine to protect the public from this particularly virulent strain of the flu. However, alongside the public's concern about H1N1 were also fears that the rapid vaccine development would lead to unanticipated problems similar to the increased risk of Guillain-Barre syndrome that occurred with the 1976 swine flu vaccine. A new study shows that those fears were unsubstantiated and reaffirms the safety of the seasonal flu and H1N1 influenza vaccines. In the 2009-2010 season, when everyone was concerned about H1N1 because it was so new, data analysis showed no increased risk for specific side effects, said Grace M. Lee, M.D., lead researcher.
Chicago Hospital Works to Keep Infants Safe from Whooping Cough
Chicago Parent - 4/22/11
Shea O'Machel was born on September 11, 2004, a few days late but healthy and a chubby 8 pounds, 7 ounces. Her parents brought her back to their Deerfield home to join her older brother, Finn. But three weeks later, the O'Machels noticed something was wrong. Shea hadn't gained any weight and she was fussy. And that cough - like nothing her parents had ever heard. With each spasm, her little body shook, she turned blue and threw up. When it was over, there was a long rasp as she struggled to breathe again. That's the telltale sound of whooping cough, or pertussis, a highly contagious disease that can cause severe respiratory infections.
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