Friday, October 23, 2009

Suspend Vaccine Requirements?

New York's governor, David Paterson, and New York's health commissioner have recently decided to suspend the suggestion of regulation of the flu vaccine. It was suggested that all health care workers receive the vaccination for both the swine flu and the seasonal flu. These health care workers are constantly around people infected with these viruses and the odds of them catching the viruses is greatly increased as a result of day to day contact with these illnesses. If the health care workers were to suddenly lose staff members then that would not only be bad for those people, but for patients as well. Without staff to assist the patients within the hospitals there could be dangerous results. The patients who are sick with either the swine or seasonal flu could get worse to the point of permanent damage or even death. Mandatory vaccinations associated with health care dealing with the patients could result in taking better care of the patients to help them get better and possibly prevent further spreading of the illnesses.
I believe that the author of this editorial has made some good arguments in support of his opinion that New York should not have suspended the requirement for all health care officials to be vaccinated swine and seasonal flu. I think they should have put more specific facts as support to make his argument even more valid. For example, a statistical report of the chances on catching the flu would have made his audience in even more support of himself.

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