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                                      Calls for flu vaccine declaration
 HAVE A                               A group of influenza specialists has called for mandatory signed
                                      declarations for all direct care health staff refusing the influenza



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                                      vaccination.
                                      According to a paper released by the Influenza Specialist Group,
                                      mandatory signed opt-out clauses are critical to increasing
                                      influenza vaccination rates among staff.
                                      The paper identifies three critical steps for health care facilities to
                                      help improve vaccination rates among their direct care staff:
                                      » mandatory signed declarations by all staff who decline to be
                                        vaccinated, and stating their reasons;
                                      » continued improvements in education about, and access to,
                                        vaccination;
                                      » mandatory vaccination of all direct care staff within critical
                                        high-risk areas.
                                      According to Dr Alan Hampson, Influenza Specialist Group Chair, vaccination rates
                                      among direct care staff remain suboptimal; usually below 50% within Australian health
                                      care facilities.
                                      “Even when health care facilities make influenza vaccination free and readily available,

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                                      vaccination, as well as concerns about adverse reactions and vaccine efficacy,” he said.
                                      “Thus the benefit of something like a mandatory signed declaration by all staff who
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                                      and risks of influenza vaccination, including duty of care.
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