The Center For Disease Control And Prevention Essay

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in response to growing concerns of the increasing number of reported deaths related to influenza, a vaccine-preventable disease, issued a mandate that all healthcare workers get vaccinated. The rationale behind this directive stems from their belief that vaccination of high-risk groups is a proven most effective influenza control measure. According to Steckel (2007), Studies on the efficacy of the vaccine have shown 70% to 90% prevention of infection in adults younger than 65 years when there is a match between the vaccine and the strain of influenza prevalent during that season. The serum is also most effective in the prevention of an epidemic when a suitably large percentage of groups are vaccinated.
Notwithstanding documented positive effects of receiving the vaccination, most healthcare workers have a negative posture towards it. Consequently influenza vaccination rates among healthcare professionals remain below acceptable margins. However, older healthcare workers especially those with chronic illness were among the most compliant. Nurses believe their profession is a calling from God and abide by His word according to the Book of Micah chapter 6 verses 8, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God”. Others who made the decision to receive the vaccination did it because they thought it was effective.

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