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Which Vaccinations?

Q: I am having problems with what shots our employer must give us as part of OSHA. For example: flu, tetanus, hep B? If you could help I would appreciate it.

A: Hepatitis B vaccination MUST be offered to employees who could be exposed to patient blood or other potentially infectious materials. It must be offered within 10 days of starting work and at no cost to the employee. For more information check out these Quality America blog posts.

Influenza vaccination is recommended by a number of professional organizations. In a February 9, 2006 press release, the CDC advised employers to offer free flu vaccine in the workplace to all eligible personnel. The Joint Commission (JCAHO) requires accredited organizations to offer influenza vaccinations to staff.

The Immunization Action Coalition recommends all HCWs younger than 65 years with direct patient contact receive a 1-time dose of Tdap. Click for their complete Healthcare Worker Vaccination Recommendations.

Vaccination Recommendations may also be found in Tab 12 of Quality America's OSHA Safety Program Manual.

Posted by Quality America on March 7, 2007 | Comments (0)


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