Taking Action - Mandatory Vaccinations for Healthcare Workers - by Meryl Dorey (IV4.2)

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In NSW, this new regulation is called Policy Directive 2005_3381 and it states that, “Compliance with this policy directive is mandatory”. It basically says that starting this year, 2006, all health students who are affiliated with the hospital system or with NSW Health, will be required to be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), hep A, hep B, chicken pox (varicella), measles, mumps, rubella and influenza.


Starting next year, this requirement will be extended to include everyone – doctors, nurses, orderlies, office staff – even those who work for laundries that are contracted by the hospital!