CDC Study: Mandatory Flu Vaccinations of Health Care Workers Offer NO Protection to Patients

Last year we saw an increase in healthcare facilities requiring nurses and other healthcare workers to receive mandatory flu vaccinations as a requirement for employment. We learned that new mandates for mandatory flu vaccinations of healthcare workers was tied into new requirements for Obamacare. Failure to meet certain percentages of a healthcare facility's employees as vaccinated for influenza jeopardized their federal reimbursement of Medicare and Medicaid funds. As a result, many of our nation's top nurses who are opposed to vaccinations lost their jobs, and many more face losing their jobs this year as well. We reported many of these brave nurses stories last year. Now, a recent meta-analysis study just published this month by the CDC reveals that flu vaccinations among healthcare workers offer no evidence of protection to the patients under their care! Predictably, the CDC still recommends flu shots for healthcare workers because "It's the best intervention we currently have, so we need to keep using it while working toward a better flu vaccine." So in other words, mandatory flu vaccinations of healthcare workers will continue, in spite of the lack of evidence that they work to protect patients. Read More.

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US National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health

Abstract

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