Government mandating health care
The nonprofit organization, which represents more than 300 large employers, including 68 of the Fortune 100 companies, threw its support behind a flu shot requirement for health care workers last week, and it did so in part due to three additional statistics, Darling said.The virus can be transmitted to patients by both symptomatic and asymptomatic health care providers.
But it served as a telling measurement of public opinion, Gecsedi said: “If these mandates go into effect, employees need to have options.” Uncertain Steps Ahead At the moment, the subgroup of the federal government’s National Vaccine Advisory Committee isn’t advocating a full-scale national mandate.“The idea that a pregnant woman can enter a hospital and deliver a baby in a place where employees aren’t required to take every step possible to guard against a preventable disease …I just think that many people would be stunned by that,” Darling said. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images The Trump administration may no longer enforce a rule requiring individual Americans to carry health insurance or pay a penalty if they do not, a senior White House official said on Sunday. Conway, a key adviser to Trump, said today the new administration plans to end the Affordable Care Acts requirement that most people have health insurance, a step that could destabilize the laws markets.Because when these hospital employees receive flu shots, they’re engaging in a medical intervention that carries a risk of great sickness and even death.” Front Line Obligations Those arguments don’t hold much weight with health officials in Colorado who want the vaccine administered to all hospital and nursing home employees — with no religious or personal exemptions allowed.
A narrow set of individuals with documented medical conditions could apply for a waiver, but they would be required to wear a mask during flu season.
“Part of nursing’s code of ethics is that the patient comes first.
So we believe if there is a chance that a nurse could expose a patient, it is the ethical responsibility of the nurse to be protected by vaccinations,” Garcia said.
“If hospital workers don’t want to get the shot, they don’t need to work in a hospital — they can go work in a library and spread their germs to people checking out books.” Where’s the ‘Informed Consent? Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center, says some of the studies supporting the effectiveness of the flu vaccine are “flawed” — at least enough that workers should be allowed to exercise “informed consent.” In a letter to the U. Department of Health and Human Services regarding the subcommittee’s recommendation, Fisher and her team also called into question the CDC’s estimate for annual flu-related deaths.
All told, she said, the evidence is too shaky for any kind of government-imposed mandate.
A strictly enforced policy is a little different, though, she said.