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AAP: Mandatory Flu Immunization of Health Care Workers Ethical, Necessary

The Academy has reaffirmed its support for a mandatory influenza immunization policy for all health care personnel (HCP) nationwide.

Many individuals at high risk of influenza and its associated complications are in frequent, close contact with HCP because of their need to seek medical services. Therefore, immunization of HCP is a crucial step in efforts to protect those at risk of health care-associated influenza, according to the AAP policy statementInfluenza Immunization for All Health Care Personnel: Keep it Mandatory. The policy is available at published in the October issue of Pediatrics.