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It is the leading cause of vaccine-preventable death in the United States every year” (Babcock, Geminhart, Jones, Dunagan, & Woeltje, 2010, p. 459). However, influenza vaccinations among healthcare workers remain low despite large numbers of patients being infected with influenza each year. “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines have called for healthcare workers (HCWs) to receive influenza vaccination since 1981, but influenza vaccination rates among HCWs in the United States remain low (40%)” (Poland, Ofstead, Tucker & Beebe, 2008, p. 170). One looks to review the proposed policy, stakeholders and to justify why it is appropriate to require nurses and other healthcare providers to be vaccinated annually to prevent spread of influenza, alternatives to mandatory vaccination and propose a policy recommendation. Background It is justifiable to think that requiring healthcare providers to have annual vaccinations are appropriate because it provides a multitude of benefits to patients, institutions and to the staff who are vaccinated.
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