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Managing the Human Toll Caused by Seasonal Influenza

Managing the Human Toll Caused by Seasonal Influenza Opinion Managing the Human Toll Caused VIEWPOINT by Seasonal Influenza New York State’s Mandate to Vaccinate or Mask New York State and the nation as a whole experienced cludehospitals,nursinghomes,diagnosticandtreatment Arthur Caplan, PhD Division of Medical one of the worst influenza seasons in a decade during centers, home care agencies, and hospices. Ethics, NYU Langone the winter of 2012-2013. In the peak week ending Janu- Under the new regulations, health care facilities are Medical Center, New ary 19, 2013, New York alone reported more than 5000 obligated to report the numbers of personnel who have York, New York. cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza, more than been vaccinated and must supervise unvaccinated staff 1120 hospitalizations as a result of influenza, and 5 flu- to ensure the appropriate use of masks. Personnel who Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH related pediatric deaths. By the season’s end, more failtocomplywillbesubjecttothesameinstitutionaldis- New York State than 45 000 cases had been confirmed, more than ciplinaryproceduresimposedonworkerswhodonotfol- Department of Health, 9500 people had been hospitalized, and 14 children low other infection control procedures. In addition, the New York, New York. had died. state may cite a facility for failure to comply with these The flu is especially threatening in health http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Managing the Human Toll Caused by Seasonal Influenza

JAMA , Volume 310 (17) – Nov 6, 2013

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American Medical Association
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Copyright 2013 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
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1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2013.280633
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24081030
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Abstract

Opinion Managing the Human Toll Caused VIEWPOINT by Seasonal Influenza New York State’s Mandate to Vaccinate or Mask New York State and the nation as a whole experienced cludehospitals,nursinghomes,diagnosticandtreatment Arthur Caplan, PhD Division of Medical one of the worst influenza seasons in a decade during centers, home care agencies, and hospices. Ethics, NYU Langone the winter of 2012-2013. In the peak week ending Janu- Under the new regulations, health care facilities are Medical Center, New ary 19, 2013, New York alone reported more than 5000 obligated to report the numbers of personnel who have York, New York. cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza, more than been vaccinated and must supervise unvaccinated staff 1120 hospitalizations as a result of influenza, and 5 flu- to ensure the appropriate use of masks. Personnel who Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH related pediatric deaths. By the season’s end, more failtocomplywillbesubjecttothesameinstitutionaldis- New York State than 45 000 cases had been confirmed, more than ciplinaryproceduresimposedonworkerswhodonotfol- Department of Health, 9500 people had been hospitalized, and 14 children low other infection control procedures. In addition, the New York, New York. had died. state may cite a facility for failure to comply with these The flu is especially threatening in health

Journal

JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Nov 6, 2013

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