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Should Healthcare Workers be Required to be Vaccinated Against Influenza?

Capitulo, Kathleen Leask DNSc, RN, FAAN, FACCE; Eagan, Janet MPH, RN, CIC; Carbone, Kathryn RN, ANP, GNP-BC

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: May/June 2013 - Volume 38 - Issue 3 - p 134–135
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0b013e3182859a49
ONGOING COLUMNS: Second Opinion

Since the rights of healthcare personnel to autonomy potentially conflict with the rights of patients to expect minimal risk of exposure to nosocomial infections during their hospital stay, there are compelling views on each side of the debate concerning mandatory vaccination of healthcare personnel against influenza.

Janet Eagan is the Infection Control Manager at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, NY. The author can be reached via e-mail at eaganj@mskcc.org

Kathryn Carbone is a Nurse Practitioner in Employee Health at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the Bronx, New York City, NY. The author can be reached via e-mail at Kathryn.Carbone@va.gov

The author declares no conflict of interest.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Second Opinion columns are coordinated by Kathleen Leask Capitulo and Judy Beal. Dr. Capitulo can be reached via e-mail at: DrKatieRN@hotmail.com. Dr. Beal can be reached via e-mail at: judy.beal@simmons.edu

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