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Colorado considers mandatory flu shots

The Colorado State Board of Health will vote next month on whether to mandate flu shots for healthcare workers.

The board is considering a recommendation by state health officials requiring influenza immunizations “for nearly all hospital and nursing-home employees, with no religious or other personal exemptions, saying patient protections outweigh individual choice,” reports The Denver Post, January 26. [1]

The proposed rule would work in concert with state and national goals to increase healthcare worker influenza immunizations to 90% by 2014.

High-risk facilities that did not reach required immunization rates would have to switch to a mandatory flu shot policy, according to the Post. Lower risk businesses, such as assisted living and home health, would have more leeway on establishing flu shot policies for workers.

The rule would not affect medical and dental practices since the state does not license those types of healthcare facilities, the Post reports.