The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) supports universal immunization of health care workers (HCWs) against influenza by health care institutions (inpatient and outpatient) through mandatory vaccination programs, as these programs are the most effective means to protect patients against the transmission of seasonal and pandemic influenza by HCW.
IDSA supports a policy in which influenza vaccination is a condition of employment, unpaid service, or receipt of professional privileges. Employees who cannot be vaccinated due to medical contraindications or because of vaccine supply shortages should be required to wear masks or be re-assigned away from direct patient care.
IDSA also is supportive of comprehensive educational efforts that inform HCWs about the benefits and risks of influenza immunization to both patients and HCWs, and other efforts that support implementation of a comprehensive infection control program.
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