Originally Posted by emmy526
so, i found out the hospital has required employees who didn't get the flu vaccine, to wear a yellow sticker on their name tag, indicating to every other staff member, that person did not get a flu shot.
They should wear their own sticker underneath:
Chance of getting the flu if unvaxxed 1-4%
chance of getting the flu if vaxxed :1%
Source: cochrane Review
That being said, I wonder if they are shooting themselves in the foot.
I read this article which states the flu vax rate among health care professionals was 60%. If 4/10 people are going around wearing stickers on their nametags, I doubt peer pressure is going to incite them to get a vaccine. They will probably just blend it.
The article states that US research shows imposing rules brings the the vax rate up to 80-90%.
The thing is - this is not the USA. This is Canada, we have a nurses shortage, they are government employees….I don't think this is going to pan out the way they expect it to.
Most patients won't notice the stickers, some will and think "good for them!" (the flu shot is not overly popular) and some will be annoyed. They may even ask to switch nurses - which will be an administrative headache, but will not affect the nurse as she did nothing wrong.
I think pushing the issue probably made a small amount of fence sitters dig their feet in, when they might have been convinced to vaccinate. I doubt having to wear a yellow sticker will change the minds of those whose minds are made up.