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  • Op-ed: The case against mandatory flu vaccination for health care workers

    Source: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/comme...e_workers.html

    Opinion / Commentary
    The case against mandatory flu vaccination for health care workers
    The evidence of the benefits of vaccination is not nearly strong enough to justify taking away doctorsí autonomy.
    By: Dr. Michael Gardam , Dr. Camille Lemieux, Dr. Susy Hota, Published on Mon Jul 28 2014

    There has been a good deal of recent media attention regarding what some see as a medical and ethical imperative that health-care workers be vaccinated against influenza. This view stems from two conclusions: vaccinating health-care workers protects patients from influenza-related harm, and current strategies have not been successful in achieving high vaccination rates.

    Some Canadian jurisdictions want to see vaccination made mandatory while others want to mandate that unvaccinated workers wear a mask while at work throughout the influenza season.

    Unfortunately, this issue is not as black and white as it has been portrayed: the evidence supporting influenza vaccination is not definitive and a lack of evidence and practical concerns make mandated masking a dubious policy...
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