California Health Care Workers Divided Over Flu Vaccine Requirements for Hospital Staff

In a California Healthline Special Report by Kenny Goldberg, experts discussed whether hospital workers should be required to obtain vaccines for influenza.

Some physicians and hospital officials say that all health care staff should receive the flu vaccine to prevent transmission to patients. However, groups like the California Nurses Association say that hospital workers should have the right to make their own decision about whether to obtain the vaccine.

The Special Report includes comments from:

  • Zenei Cortez, co-president of the California Nurses Association;
  • Jan Emerson-Shea, vice president of the California Hospital Association;
  • Shawn Evans, an emergency department physician at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla; and
  • Linda Good, director of employee health for the Scripps Health system (Goldberg, California Healthline, 1/9).

The complete transcript of this Special Report is available as a PDF.

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