Because healthcare personnel (HCP) work in an environment where contact with patients or infective material from patients is routine, HCP are at risk for exposure to vaccine-preventable diseases and possible transmission to patients, their families, and other HCP. Vaccination programs are therefore an essential component of infection prevention and control. Preventing health care-associated transmission of influenza and other infectious diseases can protect patients, HCP, and local communities. For this reason, IDSA supports mandatory immunization of HCP according to recommendations of the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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IDSA Policy Statement on Mandatory Immunization of Health Care Personnel (PDF)
Joint policy statement of IDSA, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) supporting universal immunization of health care personnel by health care employers as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
IDSA Policy on Mandatory Influenza Immunization of Health Care Workers (PDF)
IDSA supports universal immunization of health care workers (HCWs) against seasonal and pandemic influenza by health care institutions through mandatory vaccination programs as these programs are likely to be the most effective means to protect patients against the transmission of seasonal and H1N1 influenza by HCWs.
IDSA and SHEA Statement to Institute of Medicine on Healthcare Worker Protections Against Novel H1N1 Influenza A (PDF)
IDSA and SHEA conclude that the current strain of novel H1N1 has the same transmission dynamics as seasonal influenza and should be managed as such based on the currently available scientific evidence.
ACP-IDSA Joint Statement of Medical Societies Regarding Adult Vaccination by Physicians (PDF)
The American College of Physicians and IDSA position stating that primary care and many subspecialty physicians should take an active role in the discussion and review of their adult patients’ vaccination status and in the administration of recommended vaccines.
NVAC Issues Final Recommendations on Health Care Personnel Influenza Vaccination (PDF)
The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) Health Care Personnel Influenza Vaccination Subgroup issued final recommendations on policies for mandatory influenza vaccination of all health care personnel.
Influenza Vaccination of the Health Care Workforce Project
The Project focuses on how state laws address influenza vaccination among health care workers (HCW) in the United States.
Mandatory Vaccinations: Precedent and Current Laws (PDF)
Congressional Research Service (CRS) report summarizing the legal precedent for mandatory vaccination laws, and of state laws that require certain individuals or populations, including health care workers, to be vaccinated against various communicable diseases.