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Nurse Flu Shot Compliance Reverberates Through Community
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There’s been an ongoing debate about whether healthcare workers should be required to get flu vaccines. Often the focus of that debate has been the rights and responsibilities of nurses.

But a new study suggests that when healthcare workers do get vaccinated, the consequences go beyond the hospital and reach into the larger community.

The study, presented over the weekend at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology’s (APIC) 41st Annual Conference, shows that for every 15 healthcare providers who receive the influenza vaccination, one fewer person in the community will contract an influenza-like illness.

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