Proponents of the mandatory route, adopted by a growing number of hospitals, say voluntary efforts largely have fallen short. Neil Fishman, president-elect of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. "You’ve got to vaccinate the patients." UNION CHALLENGES Healthcare workers unions are challenging compulsory flu vaccine policies with some success."The bottom line is vaccination is the most effective way to prevent influenza." He and other advocates of mandatory vaccination point to research they say shows steep declines in patient flu deaths and staff sick days when caregivers are immunized. Jonathan Perlin, chief medical officer for the Tennessee-based Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), one of the leading U. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics was ordered to halt its mandatory program this month after unions for nearly 5,000 employees there won two binding arbitration rulings that struck down the policy as a contract violation.Given the number of visits children make to the pediatrician in early childhood, she said, a flu vaccine could be fit into that schedule and wouldn’t impose an excess burden on parents. “A sick child is way more of a burden for me than a 10-minute appointment with a pediatrician.”, Health Pulse is a subscription-only website focused on the business of health care.
Swift said this proves the success of educating healthcare workers, some of whom have the same misconceptions and fears about vaccines as the general public.The city Health Department said more than 80% of sites that offer pediatric immunizations are participating.“There’s not a child who can’t get the vaccine,” said Dr.Stockwell said pediatric practices should be prepared with a reliable stock of flu vaccine in the fall and could help families by offering or extending their Saturday hours.“We can help by making our offices accessible,” she said. Katy Burris, a dermatologist whose son is 17 months old, said she fully supported the mandate.