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Mandatory flu shots: It’s about patient safety

The issue of mandatory flu shots for healthcare workers was a lightening rod for comments, both pro and con, during the H1N1 influenza pandemic (Click here [1]and here [2]to see for yourself).

Now in the calmer aftermath of the H1N1 case spike, a recent HealthLeaders article [3] reports on how the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) was able to substantially increase vaccination rates with workers among its 163-hospitals. Here are some highlights from a teleconference with Jonathan Perlin, MD, HCA’s president of clinical services and chief medical officer:

For more details, read Hospitals Make Employee Flu Vaccinations a Patient Safety Issue [4].