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Hospital staffs face calls to get flu shots

Boston Globe, September 15, 2011

Roughly 71 percent of employees at acute care hospitals in Massachusetts received flu vaccinations last season, according to a report released yesterday by state public health regulators. The percentages have increased since the 2008-2009 season, but not nearly to the levels regulators had hoped for. That spurred a debate about mandating vaccines for hospital workers at a meeting of the Public Health Council, an appointed panel of doctors, consumer advocates, and professors. Madeleine Biondolillo, director of the Bureau of Healthcare Safety and Quality, presented a proposal calling on all acute care hospitals to aim for an employee vaccination rate this flu season of greater than 90 percent and no lower than 73 percent.