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The ethics of mandatory vaccination against influenza for health care workers.
Vaccine. 2008 Oct 16; 26(44):5562-6.V

Abstract

Vaccination of health care workers (HCW) in long-term care results in indirect protection of patients who are at high-risk for influenza. The voluntary uptake of influenza vaccination among HCW is generally low. We argue that institutions caring for frail elderly have the responsibility to implement voluntary programmes for vaccination against influenza of HCW. When uptake falls short a mandatory programme may be justified. The main justification stems from the duty of care givers not to harm one's patient when one knows there is a significant risk of harm and the intervention to reduce this chance has a favourable balance of benefit over burdens and risks.

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University Medical Center Utrecht, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, P.O. Box 85500, 3508 GA Utrecht, The Netherlands. j.j.m.vandelden@umcutrecht.nlNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18722495

Citation

van Delden, J J M., et al. "The Ethics of Mandatory Vaccination Against Influenza for Health Care Workers." Vaccine, vol. 26, no. 44, 2008, pp. 5562-6.
van Delden JJ, Ashcroft R, Dawson A, et al. The ethics of mandatory vaccination against influenza for health care workers. Vaccine. 2008;26(44):5562-6.
van Delden, J. J., Ashcroft, R., Dawson, A., Marckmann, G., Upshur, R., & Verweij, M. F. (2008). The ethics of mandatory vaccination against influenza for health care workers. Vaccine, 26(44), 5562-6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2008.08.002
van Delden JJ, et al. The Ethics of Mandatory Vaccination Against Influenza for Health Care Workers. Vaccine. 2008 Oct 16;26(44):5562-6. PubMed PMID: 18722495.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The ethics of mandatory vaccination against influenza for health care workers. AU - van Delden,J J M, AU - Ashcroft,R, AU - Dawson,A, AU - Marckmann,G, AU - Upshur,R, AU - Verweij,M F, Y1 - 2008/08/21/ PY - 2008/04/10/received PY - 2008/07/18/revised PY - 2008/08/04/accepted PY - 2008/8/30/pubmed PY - 2008/12/17/medline PY - 2008/8/30/entrez SP - 5562 EP - 6 JF - Vaccine JO - Vaccine VL - 26 IS - 44 N2 - Vaccination of health care workers (HCW) in long-term care results in indirect protection of patients who are at high-risk for influenza. The voluntary uptake of influenza vaccination among HCW is generally low. We argue that institutions caring for frail elderly have the responsibility to implement voluntary programmes for vaccination against influenza of HCW. When uptake falls short a mandatory programme may be justified. The main justification stems from the duty of care givers not to harm one's patient when one knows there is a significant risk of harm and the intervention to reduce this chance has a favourable balance of benefit over burdens and risks. SN - 0264-410X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18722495/The_ethics_of_mandatory_vaccination_against_influenza_for_health_care_workers_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0264-410X(08)01067-0 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -