Mandating flu immunization of health care workers: Not the best medicine

By John Tocci posted Wed March 20,2013 11:55 AM


Nationally, the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that influenza has caused, or been a substantial contributor to, well over 100 deaths, including 20 reported pediatric deaths. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has reported more than 6,000 reported flu cases this season and 20 flu-related deaths in the commonwealth. The city of Boston has confirmed over 700 flu cases this season, including four deaths, leading Mayor Thomas M. Menino to declare a public health emergency in the city.  Some national authorities have reacted by imposing draconian measures upon workers who serve the aged and infirm. These measures unfairly, and possibly illegally, infringe upon workers' rights and are of limited efficacy.


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