AMA to study mandatory flu vaccines

By: November 25th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

About a month ago the hottest topic among healthcare workers in New York was the requirement to get seasonal and H1N1 vaccines. But the regulation left almost as quickly as it came and many doctors and nurses were relieved, even if some associations were not.

However it seems the idea of mandatory regulations hasn’t died completely. At the American Medical Association’s (AMA) interim meeting, the House of Delegates rejected a proposal to mandate vaccinations for healthcare workers, but directed the AMA to study the ethics and science behind mandatory vaccinations, according to American Medical News.

The Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) has asked the AMA to support required vaccinations for healthcare workers unless they have medical contraindications or religious objections.

Michael L. Butera, MD, an alternate delegate who spoke on behalf of IDSA argued that mandates may be the only way to achieve appropriate compliance rates.

“It is our ethical duty to do no harm and prevent transmission of disease to patients,” Butera said at the meeting.  “Despite educational efforts, we have 40% to 70% immunization rates that are woefully inadequate.”

Delegates said mandatory vaccinations can be counterproductive if implemented poorly, and asked for further research. In the meantime delegates advised well-placed hand sanitizer stations in high-traffic areas.


By Helen Grimes on November 25th, 2009 at 11:47 am

I am a hospital worker and I resent the fact that I may have to have vaccinations whether I want them or not. I always get the Flu shot but I am leary of the H1N1 vaccination that has been put out so quickly. We should have a choice of what is being put in our bodies.

By Jo Marie Seabrook on December 1st, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Why are adults so resistant to vaccinations? We get our infants and children vaccinated. If we are willing to vaccinate young ones for a variety of reasons why not do the same as adults?


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