Many nursing homes and other healthcare facilities have mandated certain vaccines for staff and patients. In fact, vaccines required for nursing home staff have been around for years. These may include vaccines against Hepatitis or an annual influenza vaccine. Here are two important reasons why every nursing home should require certain vaccines for their staff.
Vaccines Save Lives
It is a very simple and easily supported fact that currently available vaccines are safe and effective at preventing severe illness and death. That is crucial among the vulnerable population in nursing homes whose immune systems may not be able to defend against common illnesses.
They Reduce Liability
If you want to take the personal element out of the equation and look at it from a purely business standpoint, vaccines reduce a nursing home’s liability. They improve the safety within a facility and decrease the chances that staff or residents will become wick with preventable illnesses. A firm vaccine policy with records to support compliance shows that you are working to protect residents and ensure they have a healthy environment. Keep in mind that you generally must offer exemptions for documented medical conditions or religious objections.
There have been arguments over vaccine mandates for as long as vaccines themselves have been around. That does not diminish their importance or remove the reasons that nursing homes should continue to require them of staff.