States mandating flu vaccine

These services may include preventative care, acute care, specialized services, laboratory services, surgery, outpatient care, etc., and are provided to persons who come to the facility to receive services and depart from the facility on the same day.

An individual health care provider was defined as a licensed health care professional.

In those cases, employers regularly point to four specific studies to bolster the argument that vaccinating health care workers reduces the risk of vulnerable patients contracting influenza from caregivers.

But the methodology of the studies produced results that don’t stand up to scrutiny, the authors of the new paper said.

But if that were correct, vaccinating the estimated 1.7 million health care workers employed in long-term care in the United States should prevent 212,500 flu deaths a year among residents.

There’s an obvious problem though, the paper noted.

The death toll varies depending on which strain of flu is causing the most illness and how well-matched the strains in the vaccine are to the viruses making people sick.

If the calculation is applied to the 5.5 million hospital workers, mandatory flu shots should avert 687,500 deaths each year — more than the number of Americans who died in the 1918 Spanish flu, estimated to be 675,000.

Each year, states and other grantees are asked to provide an update of any changes in childcare and school entry vaccination requirements.

This annual update reflects state laws, regulations, or rules that impose vaccination requirements for enrollment and attendance in childcare facilities, kindergartens, middle schools, and colleges. Please contact the state-specific point of contact for more detailed information.


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