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Flu expert says vaccinations are part of the job

OSHA Healthcare Connection, July 8, 2008

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Criticizing the low percentage of influenza vaccination among healthcare workers, William Schaffner, MD, chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, president-elect of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, appealed to healthcare providers to "view annual influenza vaccination as a professional responsibility."

Though the CDC recommends annual flu shots for all healthcare providers, vaccination rates in most years average only 40%.

Schaffner's remarks appeared in a July 2008 supplement to the American Journal of Medicine devoted to increasing influenza immunization rates.

In addition to being positive role models, healthcare providers who annually receive flu shots reduce the chances of catching the flu while avoiding infecting patents in their care.

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