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AHA adds its voice to call for mandatory flu shots

Briefings on Infection Control, November 1, 2011

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Add another voice to the call for mandatory influenza vaccinations for healthcare workers.

This time the voice isn't coming from the bleachers, but rather from the box seats, as the endorsement is from the American Hospital Association (AHA), a group made up of hospital and healthcare executives.

In April, the AHA's board of trustees approved a new policy urging its members to institute a ­mandatory flu shot policy for healthcare workers. To protect the lives and welfare of patients and employees, the AHA said it "supports mandatory patient safety policies that require either influenza vaccination or wearing a mask in the presence of patients across healthcare settings during flu season."

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