Constitionality of mandating flu shots
Evidence suggests that the administration of both seasonal and 2009 pandemic vaccines during pregnancy has no significant effect on abortion or neonatal death.
Quality of the evidence The real impact of biases could not be determined for about 70% of the included studies (e.g.
The only evidence available comes from observational studies with modest methodological quality.
At best, vaccines may only be effective against influenza A and B, which represent about 10% of all circulating viruses.The association encourages health care workers to get the vaccination but supports the right to choose not to get it.Several other groups and individuals have joined the nurses association's calls for Daines to withdraw the mandate.In an "open letter to health care workers" released last month, Daines argued for the mandated vaccinations because of "our noble commitment to the tradition of putting patients' interests first." "Given the outstanding efficacy and safety record of approved influenza vaccines, our overriding concern then, as health care workers, should be the interests of our patients, not our own sensibilities about mandates," wrote Daines, a medical doctor."On this, the facts are very clear: the welfare of patients is, without any doubt, best served by the very high rates of staff immunity that can only be achieved with mandatory influenza vaccination -- not the 40-50% rates of staff immunization historically achieved with even the most vigorous of voluntary programs." Neither the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nor the World Health Organization issued mandates for vaccinations, but federal authorities put health care workers among the first to be offered the H1N1 vaccine, along with pregnant women, caregivers to infants, children and the chronically ill.