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Flu shots a tough sell to healthcare workers

AP/Yahoo News, October 16, 2008

Despite recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that all healthcare workers get vaccinated, nearly 60% of healthcare workers fail to get a flu shot. Experts say healthcare workers opt not to get vaccinated for the same reasons others are hesitant, and some also don't realize how easily they can spread the disease. William Schaffner, MD, chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University, argues that getting vaccinated for the flu should be standard for doctors and nurses because the flu virus can be spread so easily.