Universal Influenza Vaccination of Healthcare Personnel: Understanding the Move to Mandate
Discussion by Thomas R. Talbot, MD, MPH; Ellen Wright Clayton, MD, JD; Jennifer Slayton, MSN, RN and Titus Daniels, MD, MPH
Annual vaccination against influenza has been available in the United States for over 50 years, and offers roughly 60% effective prevention against covered strains. Rates of vaccination against influenza among healthcare workers have risen in past years as institutions implement policies to reduce the spread of influenza among patients and the people who care for them. Efforts to promote universal vaccination among healthcare personnel have begun to include programs in which vaccination is a condition of employment and credentials. This panel presentation will explore the epidemiological, ethical, and policy dimensions of the national move to mandating vaccination and how VUMC can best reduce the risk of influenza across its facilities.
Hosted by: VUMC Ethics Committee and Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society