Healthcare workers avoid flu jab

Although two-thirds of the population falls into the CDC's recommendation for the flu vax, one segment of the population continues to bypass the immunization. Nearly 60 percent of healthcare workers fail to get the jab. This despite the CDC's recommendation that all health care workers, from volunteers to doctors get vaccinated. The flu vax should be standard for doctors and nurses, just like washing their hands, argues Dr. William Schaffner, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University. "It is a professional obligation on the part of health care workers to make sure that they are as protected against influenza as possible," Dr. Schaffner said. Article

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