The Concept Of Mandatory Vaccination

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The concept of mandatory vaccination is a controversial topic in recent years. Annual influenza vaccination was first recommended for health care workers (HCWs) by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices in 1984 [2]. International guidelines recommend annual vaccination for all HCWs with patient contact, but worldwide rates of influenza immunization among HCWs remain low. In 2006, only 40 percent of U.S. HCWs were vaccinated against influenza [3]. It is generally accepted that vaccinating HCWs against influenza reduces nosocomial transmission and decreases staff illness and absenteeism [4]. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services claims that HCW vaccination is the cornerstone of flu prevention [5]. Despite such assertions,

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