NPSF endorses mandatory flu shots for healthcare workers

In 2009, the National Patient Safety Foundation issued a position statement in support of mandatory influenza vaccinations for healthcare workers. Now, NPSF has reissued that statement to emphasize their endorsement of the CDC's mandatory vaccine recommendation.

The statement reads, "The National Patient Safety Foundation recognizes vaccine-preventable diseases as a matter of patient safety and supports mandatory influenza vaccination of health care workers to protect the health of patients, health care workers, and the community. NPSF appreciates that where vaccination is not possible for any reason, due to unavailability or medical contraindications of potential vaccine recipients, hospitals and health care professionals must use all available alternatives to avoid transmission to patients and coworkers, including use of masks and adjustment of job responsibilities."

Since the CDC first made their recommendation and the Foundation formally adopted their position of support in 2009, NPSF and the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute have elevated influenza vaccination to the level of a "must do" activity for healthcare workers.

In addition to confirming its support of mandatory vaccinations, the NPSF also provided information to combat myths surrounding vaccines. To read the full statement, click here.



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