Influenza season is here again so it is time for everybody to add getting a flu shot to their “to-do” list. It is recommended for everyone to get flu shot from ages 6 months and older (McCarthy 1). It is the obligation of healthcare works and their employers to promote influenza vaccinations to patients and is an annual requirement for the workers as well (Lynkowski 1). Winter season is time for healthcare workers to get in line, roll up their sleeves and consent to treatment for a flu shot. For the hospital, their goal is to get all employees vaccinated, especially those who have direct contact with patients which brings up a number of ethical issues arising from the attempts to implement mandatory flu shots (Dubov 2530). The mandatory vaccination requirement is regularly a point of concern to those who have objections to vaccinations. Flu shots should be mandatory for healthcare workers despite objections in order to protect patients and to minimize work days missed due to illness.
Vaccination against influenza is the most important intervention used by public health to prevent unnecessary hospitalization and death among high risk populations. In order to create a program one must understand the target group. Therefore, the study would be conducted on the group of people who are particularly at high risk of getting the flu or those who are less likely to receive medical care. Questions would be asked to determine their greatest needs and what can be done to improve the health of the community. To understand the needs of these individuals, a discussion will take place with community and social service staff that work directly with the high risk populations. This study would be conducted using qualitative and quantitative
Controlling the spread of infectious diseases through immunization is one of medicine 's most significant accomplishments. Vaccination programs are proven to be a cost-effective means of disease prevention that have saved millions from death. Medical providers play an important role in the promotion of vaccinations; they can promote vaccination by following the standards for Adult Immunization Practice which include a four-step process:
One of the health objectives in the United States for 2010 was to achieve HCW vaccination rates of coverage of 61.9% (Nowalk, Lin, Raymund, Bialor, & Zimmerman, 2013). Frequently reported barriers to vaccination among HCP include concerns about adverse reactions, low perceived vaccine efficacy, low perceived susceptibility to influenza infection, and inconvenience (Nowalk et al., 2013). Recent literature suggests that vaccine coverage rates among HCP can be increased beyond the Healthy People 2020 goal of 90% by requiring vaccination as a condition of employment, and many institutions have recently moved forward with mandatory employee influenza vaccination programs (Bellia, Setbon, Zylberman, & Flahault, 2013). In addition, the Joint Commission infection control standard has required that accredited hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home health providers evaluate healthcare personnel vaccination coverage annually and take appropriate measures to increase it (Naleway, et al., 2014). Despite these recommendations and standards, HCW rates of influenza
This proves my point in understanding why hospital settings especially require specific vaccinations. As employees, you are making the spread of disease less likely, and you are protecting the world and making it a healthier, safer place. Without mandatory vaccines, the consequences of not taking them would increase, and the rate of disease and spread of disease would jump. With making vaccines a requirement, the disease is not taken lightly, and the chances of the rapid spread are significantly reduced. Vaccines are a safe and effective way to help those who are ill heal by reducing the rapid on spread of disease and increasing the chances of eradicating the disease
Good Day, Jude Soweh Thank you so much for such an inspirational discussion post. You made a tremendous sacrifice and prevailed in good health condition throughout the period of no health insurance. The United States have documented that 32 million Americans are without health insurance as of the year 2014 (Kaiser Family Foundation [KFF], 2016). Given that, 48% have decided to forgo health insurance because of the high cost of the insurance premium (KFF, 2016).
Required Immunity Mandatory vaccinations for children in public schools have been the center of much debate since laws were first developed to regulate immunization. Fears from parents about side effects and adverse reactions have steered many away from wanting to vaccinate their children despite the numerous infectious diseases they prevent. These debates have gotten in the way of progression in schools for preventing the spread of disease. To me, the risks of not vaccinating children are far greater than the risks of adverse reactions.
Mandatory vaccinations eliminate personal freedoms, and could violate religious beliefs. Also, many people are very skeptical about the effectiveness of the vaccination versus personal hygiene. In an Indiana hospital in early 2012 eight workers were fired due to declining a flu vaccination (Farwell 2016). Lawsuits have even been filed over this dilemma, and if people feel strongly enough to sue over it, then hospitals should see that mandatory vaccinations are causing more harm than help.
Hundreds of thousands of people go to the hospital to seek treatment from severe infections that occur. Good health and hygiene habits can help to prevent the spread of this virus, but every year brings about a new threat for an infection. This is why everyone should get a vaccination
The Department of Health website contains many resources to answer questions that parents may have on whether to vaccinate their children, including information about the benefits of vaccination, how one can get vaccinated, and access to webinars and lectures. By giving people in Washington state the opportunity to be informed, the government demonstrates that they are not blindly leading people or forcing them to take actions they are not familiar with. Hendrix points out that communication, especially with those that do not want to vaccinate, is extremely important in highlighting the goals of the immunization requirements. The government website clearly highlights the goals and reasoning behind these requirements, which satisfies the issue of
Groom HC et al. (2014) sought to determine whether there are differences between blacks and whites in influenza vaccine-seeking behavior. It is a problem because patient initiative in seeking out influenza vaccination may be an important aspect to consider when evaluating racial/ethnic disparities in influenza vaccination among adults. Research questions that the authors investigated is whether the proportion of vaccinated person 65 years and older who sought out influenza vaccination varies by race, and whether any relationship between attitudes toward influenza vaccination and vaccine seeking. The target population is adults 65 years and older. They used probability sample design because they analyzed a national sample 3138 adults
The 1918 was a time of war within our world, but along with the war between man verses man there were also a war between man and a deadly disease known as the flu also known as the Influenza. Influenza is a common viral infection that can be deadly, especially in high risk groups. With the world already filled with fear the influenza became a terrorist within our world causing fear to grow within the hearts of the people of Earth. As time went on,more lives were loss, a vaccine was later found to reduce the chance of getting this disease. A vaccine is a dead or weakened sample of a disease that is injected into a person so if they happen to come across that disease their body will be able to identify it as well as destroy the bacteria or virus.
Requiring vaccinations is a highly debatable topic in the United States today. An article by Ronald Bayer, “The continuing tensions between individual rights and public health,” is one of the most reliable sources in the case study. The author has a PhD from the University of Chicago and focuses his research on issues of social justice and ethical matters. Bayer has also previously been a consultant to the World Health Organization on ethical issues related to public health. This makes him very knowledgeable about the topic and a highly credible source.
Problem Immunization is the process when an individual is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, normally through vaccination (WHO, 2015). Individuals of all ages should receive a shot in order to better protect themselves and the individuals around them. In 1809, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to require an immunization policy, since then the entire nation now has federal policies implementing vaccinations to protect the public health (Martindale-Hubbell, 2015). However, these policies are typically generated for the younger generation of the population. Federal Immunization policies in the United States are implemented solely to ensure the safety of oneself and the society as a whole.
Many people may think that vaccination is a bad thing, that instead of preventing it causes illness, that is not natural. Natural or not, there are many reasons as to why we should vaccinate us and the younger generation. Most of the time children don’t like vaccination because it hurt, but is the responsibility of a parent to seek the wellbeing of his or her child. Vaccination it’s a preventive measure of various diseases. Unfortunately, things like the anti-vaccination movement, the misinformation on the Internet, and the believe that vaccination causes more damage than is worth, have led our society to think that it’s right not to vaccinate.