Health Care Workers Pressured to Get Flu Shots

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Healthcare workers are being pressured to get a flu shot this fall. 
    
New York state is now forcing health workers to get immunized against both seasonal and swine flu.

Other states may follow suit. But requiring workers to get the shots will not be an easy sell.
    
A federal survey finds fewer than half of all health workers got flu vaccinations last year. 
    
The reasons range from safety concerns to skepticism.

"If health care workers have concerns about the safety and efficacy of a vaccine that has been around for decades, I'm sure they're going to have those same concerns about a vaccine that we've never used before," said Dr. Gregory Poland, a Mayo Clinic vaccine specialist.

One worker in New York says the mandatory shot infringes on her free choice--but she worries about losing her job if she says "no".

The new flu shot law allows workers to opt out only for certain health reasons, including an allergy to flu shots.

Source: The Associated Press

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