Editorial Pushes Flu Shots or Masks for Hospital Workers
"If California hospitals were graded on the percentage of their workers who get flu shots, many would get a 'D' and some would flunk," a San Jose Mercury News editorial states. The editorial cites a recent survey that found "only 64.3% of hospital employees got a flu vaccination in the 2010-2011 season," noting, "Those poor marks mean patients are just being exposed to viruses that can be lethal to them if they're already weakened by other illnesses." The editorial concludes that for health care professionals, "it's fair to require the vaccine or the alternative, a mask."
- "Make Flu Shots or Masks Mandatory for Hospitals" (San Jose Mercury News, 1/2).