Jan 17, 2013
More than a dozen hospital staffers in four states have been terminated for refusing flu shots in the midst of a fierce flu season. Yet only one-tenth of health care employers require their staff to be vaccinated.
The flu is an acute respiratory disease, with strains that include avian or bird flu, H1N1 "swine flu," and seasonal influenza. RAND tracks influenza vaccination rates in the United States, conducts tabletop exercises to help policymakers simulate an influenza pandemic, and offers toolkits to practitioners and government leaders to aid public health preparedness.