Mandatory influenza vaccination of hospital staff – what’s the evidence?

Let's be open and honest about the pros and cons


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This year, NSW became the first state in Australia to mandate influenza vaccination for healthcare workers in high-risk acute care settings following similar moves in the US, where such vaccination is now mandatory in almost two-thirds of hospitals.1,2

Under the NSW policy, any staff member working on an antenatal, neonatal, ICU, transplant or oncology ward who refuses the influenza vaccination must wear a surgical mask all winter or be moved to work in a lower-risk setting.1

While most