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Is it legal to require mandatory h1n1 flu vaccine for healthcare workers?

Is it legal to require mandatory h1n1 flu vaccine for healthcare workers?

Ask an attorney: Is it legal to "hold them down and inject them?" probably not. It is probably, however, legal to restrict them from working in a high risk environment when they are potentially transmitting a dangerous infection to immunocompromised people. You may have your philosophical objection to the vaccination program, but make that "choice" for yourself, not for people who are a risk of dying from it. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Lindquist
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Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection (Definition)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an infectious organism that spreads by droplets coughed out by an infected person. Infection is established initially in lungs, but can spread within lungs & to other body parts, or can become latent, with reactivation occurring years to decades later. With effective treatment, it can be completely eliminated although drug resistant ...Read more


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Tuberculosis screening test needed for volunteer at a hospital?

Tuberculosis screening test needed for volunteer at a hospital?

Yes: Most hospitals and health care facilities require screening for TB in all employees prior to clearing them to work in patient care areas; this usually includes volunteers. ...Read more

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Are HIV positive healthcare workers required to tell their employers of their status?

Are HIV positive healthcare workers required to tell their employers of their status?

Varies by state: The answer varies from state to state and from profession to profession. This website provides state by state policy. http://hivlawandpolicy.org/resources/view/167. ...Read more

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Who needs to get tested for tuberculosis in nursing home?

Who needs to get tested for tuberculosis in nursing home?

TB testing in NH: In virginia everyone entering a nh must show evidence of lack of TB via skin test or chest xray. Further testing should be at the desire of the attending physcian. Now if there is a documented case of TB within the home i think it would be reasonable to screen all the residents. ...Read more

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Mandatory test for aids in hospital work?

Mandatory test for aids in hospital work?

Varies: Generally the answer is yes, but this may vary by the state (there are laws prohibiting this in some), and by the hospital. Also may depend upon the nature of the work. ...Read more

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Tuberculosis screening for volunteer at a hospital?

Tuberculosis screening for volunteer at a hospital?

Skin test: Usually as skin test is done to see if the person has been exposed to tb. If the skin test is positive, it is usually followed by chest x-ray to detect active infection. ...Read more

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Im willing to pay for herpes specific serology testing?

Im willing to pay for herpes specific serology testing?

Why?: If you need to confirm a genital herpes diagnosis, or if you have atypical complaints and want to know if you have HSV or something else, or you suspect that you are an asymptomatic carrier or at particular risk for hsv, it's probably worth the expense. But if you just want to know if it's type 1 or type 2, the treatment is the same either way, so there is no point. ...Read more

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Personel protection kit for health care personel against avian influenza?

Personel protection kit for health care personel against avian influenza?

Not in US: Avian, or bird flu, is not currently a threat in the us and do not normally infect humans, but sporadic human infections have occurred. H5n1 is a highly pathogenic avian flu virus, that if recombined with human inf. A could result in human-to-human transmission. Best protection:avoid source of exposure (prolonged contact with sick or dead infected poultry, personal protective equipment, hand wash. ...Read more

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Do va medical centers/hospitals use the CDC for lab tests concerning infectious diseases?

Do va medical centers/hospitals use the CDC for lab tests concerning infectious diseases?

Depends: Most common germs, and infections can be diagnosed by regular va lab. If there is something special the infectious disease consultants at va have many options, including cdc. ...Read more

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Clinical social workers get payment for counseling?

Clinical social workers get payment for counseling?

Yes: If licensed in their states almost all insurers accept msw or lcsws for payment. ...Read more

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How soon after an occupational exposure should the health care worker be tested?

How soon after an occupational exposure should the health care worker be tested?

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSUR: What kind of occupational exposure are you asking, different exposure need different follw up and testing, for example, needle stick from a contaminated needle has different protocol compred to exposure to tuberculosis or any other infectious disease. ...Read more

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Are occupational health services (chemical testing) really necessary for non-risk occupations?

Probably not: By chemical testing if you mean biological monitoring for effects of workplace toxins, like lead, asbestos, etc., there's no point in doing this if a worker is not exposed to these substances by the nature of their work, even if the toxins exist somewhere else in the workplace. If you mean drug testing, this is a matter of company policy as it pertains to the drug free workplace act. ...Read more

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What qualifies as universal precautions for health workers?

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What qualifies as  universal precautions for health workers?

Universal precaution: Wearing gloves, mask and sometimes goggles and apron and then hand washing are important aspects of universal precautions. ...Read more

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What precautions are required for health care workers when treating patients with herpes encephalitis?

What precautions are required for health care workers when treating patients with herpes encephalitis?

Contact precautions: Use contact precautions, as herpes simplex is contagious mainly by contact with an infected person's sores. A never-infected person, without protective antibodies, could catch herpes from a patient with herpes encephalitis, but he would likely just get a typical herpes infection and future recurrences of sores. It is very unlikely that he would get encephalitis, because encephalitis is quite rare. ...Read more

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Employee health physical: test for drugs?

Employee health physical: test for drugs?

Some do, some don't.: Some require drug testing, and other companies don't. Ask to see the labs required for you employee health physical. It should mention it there. ...Read more

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Testing for swine flu still required for school?

Testing for swine flu still required for school?

Not now: Having been vaccinated in previous years swine flu is not a concern. ...Read more

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Who pays for all boomers to get tested for hcv?

Who pays for all boomers to get tested for hcv?

Boomers: Your question seems to be either straight forward, or egging-on an argument...So let's keep things simple- the person getting tested is the one who pays for the hcv test. Why would one test "all boomers" anyhow? That's a waste of resources. However, boomers at risk of contracting hcv should all be tested. ...Read more

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Is an Elisa test performed at an urgent care clinic conclusive for HIV negativity at 3 years possible exposure. No new sex partners.

Is an Elisa test performed at an urgent care clinic conclusive for HIV negativity at 3 years possible exposure. No new sex partners.

Yes, conclusive: All available HIV blood tests are conclusive 4-12 weeks after the last possible exposure, depending on the specific test. You can be sure you don't have HIV from an exposure 3 years previously. ...Read more

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For the experts - might testing for my blood group also test if i'm HIV positive/negative?

For the experts - might testing for my blood group also test if i'm HIV positive/negative?

No: Tests for blood groups and HIV are very different. Blood group and HIV can be tested from the same blood sample, but before doing test for HIV you would be asked for your consent to do the test for hiv. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Healthcare (Definition)

Healthcare is the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in humans. Health care is delivered by practitioners in medicine, chiropractic, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, allied health, and other care providers. It refers to the work done in providing primary care, secondary care and tertiary care, as well ...Read more


Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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Tuberculosis (Definition)

A potentially serious infectious bacterial disease that mainly affects the lungs, but can ...Read more