The Importance Of Mandatory Vaccination

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This paper explores the issues surrounding the mandatory vaccination of healthcare workers with the Influenza vaccine. The Center for Disease control advises all health care workers to get vaccinated annually against influenza (Center for Disease Control, 2017). Mandatory vaccination policies have always been debated, and in this policy there is not much difference. The continued efforts by many healthcare officials to implement policies to avoid the effects caused by unvaccinated staff have promulgated controversial debates among many health managers regarding the ethical and moral implications of such programs. Some agree to enforcing mandatory rules, while other are totally against it. Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle was the first…show more content…
Seasonal Influenza is identified as extremely deadly; the conditions that may arise from being infected with the virus can lead to many complications with some resulting in death for many high risk patients (Hooper, Breathnach & Iqbal, 2014). According to Hooper et al. (2014), high risk group of individuals who should avoid contracting the virus include: children below 6 months, immunocompromised individuals or pregnant women, the elderly and all healthcare workers who may have exposures (Hooper, 2014). Statement and Significance of the Issue and Policy Healthcare workers (HCWs) are always advised to get the Influenza Vaccine, and therefore, many policies have been created to boost staff compliance. According to Stewart (2012), getting vaccinated with the Influenza vaccine has stirred many debates and prompted many arguments about the right approach to health policy and development. According to the Center for Disease Control (2017), it is critical that all HCWs receive the Influenza vaccine when not contraindicated because they continually interact with high-risk patients and thus are at increased risk of transmitting the virus if they should become infected. The purpose of the current policy is first and foremost, to reduce the spread of the Influenza virus from staff to patient and coworkers, which can have a devastating impact on the workforce in the health sector (Hooper et al., 2012). In addition, the policy states that Influenza vaccine can
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