Should health care workers be required to get flu vaccinations?

Mandatory policies increase participation at some hospitals, but are still controversial

By Nathan Seppa, 12:03 PM October 25, 2010

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Nurses and other health care workers at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. — many of whom had routinely skipped getting flu vaccinations — have changed their tune.

Over the past several years, the hospital has instituted some new policies. Staffers, for example, are now required to sign an explicit form if they decline vaccination, acknowledging the possibility that not getting immunized could spread the flu virus to children. But the real ki...

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