Influenza immunization for all health care personnel: Keep it mandatory

Carrie L. Byington, Yvonne A. Maldonado, Elizabeth D. Barnett, Herbert Dele Davies, Kathryn M. Edwards, Ruth Lynfield, Flor M. Munoz, Dawn L. Nolt, Ann Christine Nyquist, Mobeen H. Rathore, Mark H. Sawyer, William J. Steinbach, Tina Q. Tan, Theoklis E. Zaoutis

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Abstract

The purpose of this statement is to reaffirm the American Academy of Pediatrics' support for a mandatory influenza immunization policy for all health care personnel. With an increasing number of organizations requiring influenza vaccination, coverage among health care personnel has risen to 75% in the 2013 to 2014 influenza season but still remains below the Healthy People 2020 objective of 90%. Mandatory influenza immunization for all health care personnel is ethical, just, and necessary to improve patient safety. It is a crucial step in efforts to reduce health care-associated influenza infections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)809-818
Number of pages10
JournalPediatrics
Volume136
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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