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APIC pressures healthcare workers on flu shots

OSHA Healthcare Connection, October 14, 2008

In an effort to increase influenza immunization among healthcare workers, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) has released new recommendations for healthcare personnel.

In addition to its support for required flu shots for healthcare workers, APIC has recommended that facilities obtain informed statements from employees who decline the vaccine for other than medical reasons. Such forms should acknowledge the risk to patients when healthcare workers decline flu shots.

These new recommendations apply to physicians, nurses, therapists, and other health workers in physician's offices, dental offices, hospitals, nursing homes, urgent care centers, outpatient settings, and home health settings.

For APIC's free toolkit to help healthcare facilities improve their vaccination rates, click here.

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