H1N1 prompts hospital vaccine debate

H1N1 prompts hospital vaccine debate

Many hospitals have wrestled with making an H1N1 vaccine mandatory for employees.

About 70 percent of employees at children's hospitals, which serve younger patients typically more vulnerable to H1N1, favor mandatory vaccination unless a medical issue precludes it, according to survey of findings published recently in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

"The risks of the disease are far worse than the vaccination," says Dr. Jim Lederer of Novant Health, parent of highly rated Presbyterian Hemby Children's Hospital in Charlotte, N.C.

But vaccine safety concerns, which researchers say are overblown, employee resistance and supply issues make it harder to require vaccination.

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