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State senator Tom Duane to reintroduce mandatory flu vaccinations for healthcare workers

Samuel Goldsmith
Sept 22, 2010

As flu season rolls in, lawmakers are breathing new life into a controversial measure that would force health care workers to get vaccinated.

The state Health Department ordered all health care workers to get the flu vaccine in August 2009, when worries about the swine flu pandemic were high. The measure had the support of Gov. Paterson [2] but was withdrawn amid vaccine shortage and strong opposition from unions.

Officials expect a more average flu season this year, but Sen. Tom Duane, head of the Senate health committee, says he’s taking the legislation back to Albany [3] anyway.

“People don’t like being told what to do, but frankly, if you work in a hospital setting, flu vaccination should be mandatory,” Duane (D-Manhattan) told the Daily News. “There will be people mad about it, but I do believe it’s necessary.”

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