Implications of mandatory influenza vaccination policies for health care workers needs to be understood by employees planning to implement the same, reveals an analysis published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Vaccination rates among health care workers are less than 50%, well below the level necessary for herd immunity. Evidence indicates that vaccination of health care workers can benefit patient health, leading to a move by many to consider mandatory influenza vaccination as a condition of employment or to require employees to wear a mask during influenza season. Many health care workers favour condition-of-service influenza vaccination policies. However, in Canada, condition-of-service policies must comply with employment law, provincial human rights codes and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Condition-of-service policies that apply to unionized employees must be consistent with collective labour agreements, and vaccination policies should allow exemptions for religious beliefs and practices. "With respect to the rights to liberty and security, vaccinate-or-mask policies have been found not to violate liberty or security rights, because the vaccine is not mandatory and masks are insufficiently invasive to violate these rights," states Dr. Allison McGeer, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, with coauthors. Most legal cases around vaccination policies have weighed in favour of patient safety. "Vaccinate-or-mask policies for influenza vaccination in health care organizations result in substantial increases in the vaccination rates among health care workers, are supported by most health care workers and, based on decisions to date, are likely to be found in compliance with Canadian law. Physicians and employers should work together to find the best means to improve vaccination rates and protect both patients and providers from influenza," conclude the authors. Source: Eurekalert << Ataluren Recommended for Treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dyst... New 3D Printer to Print Fruits Developed >> Recommended Reading Vaccination for Children Vaccines are biological products that impart immunity to the recipient. Vaccines may be live attenuated, killed or toxoids. READ MORE Early HPV Vaccination Reduces Risk for Cervical Cancer Early administration of HPV vaccine reduces risk for cervical cancer. READ MORE How to Improve Immunization Coverage in India? Expert Q & A On World Immunization Week 2014 Dr. Davinder Gill, CEO, Hilleman Laboratories speaks on addressing the challenge of taking existing vaccines to the unimmunized in India and other developing countries. READ MORE Immune Response to Influenza is Balanced by IL-27, Reducing lung damage A strong immune response is elicited by highly pathogenic influenza that can lead to uncontrolled inflammation in the lung and potentially fatal lung injury. READ MORE Swine Flu Swine flu, a type of influenza caused by a new strain of the H1N1 Type A influenza virus has originated from the pigs. Winter always brings along the chills and the flu, make sure you're safe this season. READ MORE Top 10 Vaccine Myths Debunked Childhood vaccination has saved many lives, yet lots more has to be done to increase awareness and eliminate myths regarding vaccines. READ MORE Traveling with Children Abroad? - Parents, Stay Alert! Traveling with children is always challenging as it involves careful planning. Here are some precautions that need to be taken when traveling abroad with kids. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator Post-Nasal Drip Drug Side Effects Calculator More News on: Swine FluTop 10 Vaccine Myths DebunkedTraveling with Children Abroad? - Parents, Stay Alert!