If concern about low rates of flu shots among healthcare workers has always been on the front burner, then last year’s H1N1 pandemic and the adoption of mandatory flu shots by some organizations raised matters to the boiling point. Click here and here to read the comments for yourself.
The current draft CDC guidance for prevention of influenza in healthcare facilities (click here  and search for “CDC”) places healthcare worker vaccination highest in priority saying:
“Achieving high influenza vaccination rates of HCP and patients is a critical step in preventing healthcare transmission of influenza from HCP to patients and from patients to HCP.”
On Wednesday, July 14, 1:00-2:30 p.m. (Eastern), join infection preventionists Hilary M. Babcock, M.D., MPH, and Terri Ruppel, RN, BSN, CIC, IP for Mandatory Influenza Vaccinations: Get Healthcare Staff Onboard At Your Facility . This live Webcast, only $99, will walk you through two case studies on how to convince leadership that you need a mandatory vaccination policy, how to anticipate and respond to employee apprehension, and how to define acceptable exemptions.
The agenda includes:
- Moving from recommendation to mandatory
- Distinction between the two
- Challenges associated with making the change
- Case studies from BJC Healthcare and Lakeview Medical Center
- Defining your mandatory policy
- Employee reactions and challenges
- Anticipating the arguments
- Notifying new hires
- Obtaining administrative back up
- Defining exemptions
- Individual beliefs
- Health-related issues
- Live question and answer session
Click here for a Briefings on Infection Control article on mandatory flu shots as a bonus download —a sample of the many valuable tools you will receive when you register for this program.