To the editor:
Would you want to be treated by a health care worker who has not received an influenza vaccination, especially if your immune system has lower resistance than usual?
This is what Michigan Representative Bob Genetski (R-Saugatuck) is proposing with House Bill 5605, which is working its way to the House Health Policy Committee.
The bill is co-sponsored by Michigan House Representatives Sharon Tyler, Kurt Heise, Matt Huuki, Tom McMillin, Ray Franz, Ken Goike, Cindy Denby, Dave Agema, Harold Haugh, Kurt Damrow and Rick Olson.
Geneski's proposed bill would repeal health care facility and agency workers from having a mandatory flu shot.
Influenza is one of the 11 adult vaccinations endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control. This vaccination protection, along with frequent hand washing, mask covering and other universal precautions are common sense within health care delivery environments.
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It is medically and socially vital that Michigan health care workers be required to be immunized for influenza. Employees, patients, family members, visitors, vendors, and related audiences need to be protected by this low cost and effective approach.
You may care to note, research conducted this spring by the Michigan Primary Care Consortium (mipcc.org), revealed millions of direct and indirect health care and work loss related expenses were incurred in Michigan because of low adult immunization.
On behalf of Michigan's nearly ten million residents, do not reverse nor entertain enactment of this ill-advised House Bill. May I encourage you to contact The Honorable Gail Haines, Chair of the House Health Policy Committee or your Michigan House Representative.
JEFFREY D. BRASIE
The Michigan Primary Care Consortium