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Federal recommendations inch toward mandatory flu shots

A federal panel of vaccine advisors proposed recommendations that could lead to mandatory influenza vaccinations for healthcare workers.

The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) received a report on February 7 from the Health Care Personnel Influenza Vaccination Subgroup following the publishing of draft recommendations and the public comment period [1] beginning last November, according to CIDRAP News.

Recommendations approved by the majority of the working group say that healthcare facilities should continue to establish among workers flu prevention education, integrated vaccination programs, and standardized vaccination rate reporting, according to CIDRAP.

The report also says that facilities failing to achieve and maintain a 90% worker vaccination rate with voluntary measures “should strongly consider requiring mandatory flu vaccination,” reports CIDRAP.

The NVAC recommendations now go to the Department of Health and Human Services.