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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Journal Article
Commentary

Mandatory influenza vaccination for health care workers as the new standard of care: a matter of patient safety and nonmaleficent practice.

Cortes-Penfield N. American journal of public health. 2014;104:2060-5.

This commentary describes the ethical responsibility of frontline practitioners to receive influenza vaccination to prevent hospital-acquired infections. The author reviews evidence supporting vaccination as a preventive strategy, addresses barriers to mandatory vaccination, and recommends that organizations notify patients if they are interacting with a non-vaccinated worker.