New England Journal of Medicine
March 1, 2018 Vol. 378 No. 9
Vaccination without Litigation — Addressing Religious Objections to Hospital Influenza-Vaccination Mandates
Douglas J. Opel, M.D., M.P.H., James A. Sonne, J.D., and Michelle M. Mello, J.D., Ph.D.
Influenza-vaccination mandates for health care workers represent good policy, but heavy-handed, context-free implementation does not. Hospitals that pursue an inflexible approach to minimize religious exemptions are likely to find that the juice isn’t worth the squeeze. In contrast, well-drafted and reasonably applied policies should avoid or withstand legal challenge, while also protecting patients.