January 15, 2013

As Flu Rages, Caregiving Suffers

By Logan Lafferty

Nationally, about 60 percent of health care workers get flu vaccines, which are voluntary in most hospitals, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, according to Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group. And when workers are struck by the flu, infections among residents can follow. “The disruptions, the costs, the complications from this virus, no one should confuse it with a minor illness,” said Dr. Poland, who has advocated for mandatory immunizations for health care workers.

New York Times by Judith Graham

Tags: Dr. Gregory Poland, flu, flu vaccine, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, mandatory immunizations, Mayo Clinic, New York Times, Vaccine Research Group

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