While healthcare providers continue to work through the widespread flu outbreak affecting most of the country, the American College of Physicians reaffirmed its support of mandatory immunizations for a variety of viruses.
Like many mandatory policies adopted by healthcare providers across the country, the ACP's recommendations exempt staff with valid medical reasons or religious objections. The ACP suggests immunizations for influenza, diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough and chicken pox. That matches the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Adult Immunization Schedule. The ACP estimates that 40,000 to 50,000 die annually in the U.S. from vaccine-preventable diseases.