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  FEBRUARY 10, 2012
GW Report Analyzes Mandatory Influenza Vaccination of the Health Care Workforce

A new analysis of state laws that require health care workers (HCWs) to accept influenza vaccination as a condition of employment has been issued by the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. The report was funded by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Vaccine Program Office, and Office of Healthcare Quality on behalf of the Federal Increasing Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Workers Working Group.

“Our findings show that state policymakers are prepared to enact compulsory measures to reduce hospital-acquired infections. Increasing influenza vaccination among the health workforce is a vital component of a comprehensive infection control program,” said lead author Ms. Alexandra M. Stewart, assistant professor of health policy.

Researchers have produced a comprehensive review of research related to influenza vaccination of HCWs; an analysis of state laws that require health facilities to develop mandatory influenza vaccination programs for their workforce; and a model law for states that choose to update existing policies or enact new laws. Additionally, researchers created an interactive map that presents a broad graphic analysis of research findings including links to charts for each state. 

The Influenza Vaccination of the Health Care Workforce Project and associated materials can be accessed here.