Employer mandating flu shot
The CDC has infection control recommendations for health care settings, but does not issue any requirements or mandates for state agencies regarding infection control practices.
Following the recommendation of the CDC, many health care institutions, including hospitals, state health departments, and nursing facilities are requiring that their employees receive an annual flu vaccination as a condition of continued employment.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all health care workers (HCW), including physicians, nurses, emergency medical personnel, dental professionals and students, medical and nursing students, laboratory technicians, pharmacists, hospital volunteers, and administrative staff receive an annual influenza vaccine.
The CDC bases its recommendation on reviewed recent published literature that indicates that influenza vaccination of health care workers can enhance patient safety.
It’s flu season, a time when every cough and sneeze can strike fear into the hearts of both employees and employers.
Recently, a question about the legality of that practice was put to a group of attorneys for guidance on the matter. “Yes, it’s legal to require all employees to get a flu shot,” Karen G.
Clay, an attorney with The Kullman Firm in Jackson, Mississippi, says.
This week, 41 states have seen widespread influenza activity, up from 31 states just the week before.
Boston recently declared a public health emergency because of the flu, and mandatory flu shots made headlines when an Indiana hospital terminated six employees for refusing to get flu shots in violation of the hospital’s mandatory flu vaccine program.
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