DAK calls for mandatory H1N1 vaccination of healthcare workers, children

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SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Tuesday called for mandatory H1N1 vaccination of healthcare workers and school children which could significantly diminish the chance of flu outbreak.

President DAK and H1N1 expert, Dr Nisar ul Hassan, said that mandatory flu vaccination will boost immunization in these groups against the virus which will not only protect them but others in the community.

During previous H1N1 outbreak, vaccination rates in these groups were unacceptably low which was responsible for spread of flu.

Healthcare workers can and do transmit influenza to vulnerable patients leading to illness, deaths and nosocomal outbreak.

Mandatory flu vaccination for healthcare personnel is simple, safe and effective tool to improve patient safety and crucial step to reduce healthcare-associated influenza infection.

Patients entrust healthcare workers with their lives and clinicians should not be the ones to make them sick.

Majority of school children in last flu season were unimmunized which was the reason of widespread H1N1 outbreak.

In previous years 90% of children who died from flu were unvaccinated.

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