Q: Many of my staff members are afraid of the influenza vaccination. Education is good but are there any special tips to break through the anxiety?
A: Check out “Talking Points When Implementing a Mandatory Flu Vaccination Program” under the Pandemic heading on the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Tools page , which addresses:
- What is the goal of the program
- How safe is the vaccine?
- What are the contraindications?
- What are not considered contraindications?
This document is from HCPro’s on-demand webcast Mandatory Influenza Vaccinations: Get Healthcare Staff Onboard at Your Facility .
Even if you do not have a mandatory flu shot policy, the document makes a persuasive case for immunizations for healthcare workers, including staff fears and misconceptions.
Other good CDC resources include the video, Why should health professionals get the flu shot?  and Influenza Vaccination Information for Health Care Workers .
Finally, the Immunization Action Coalition  has good job in providing information encouraging flu immunization of healthcare workers. The following would be particularly helpful:
- “Requiring influenza vaccination for health care workers: Seven truths we must accept” 
- First do no harm—protect patients by making sure all staff receive yearly influenza vaccine! 
Navigate the sticky issues around mandatory flu shots 
Seasonal and H1N1 influenza have prompted many healthcare facilities to consider mandatory influenza immunization for employees. The reaction from employees has been unmistakably vocal, as issues of patient safety and workers’ rights clash. HCPro’s Mandatory Influenza Vaccinations: Get Healthcare Staff Onboard at Your Facility , a 90-minute on-demand webcast will provide you with the medical and organizational perspectives for developing a mandatory influenza immunization policy.