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Impact of New York State Influenza Mandate on Influenza-Like Illness, Acute Respiratory Illness, and Confirmed Influenza in Healthcare Personnel

  • Rachel A. Batabyal (a1), Juyan J. Zhou (a2), Joy D. Howell (a3), Luis Alba (a2), Helen H. Lee (a4) (a5) (a6), E. Yoko Furuya (a5) (a7), Melissa S. Stockwell (a2) (a8) (a9), David P. Calfee (a4) (a7), Claire E. Brown (a4), Aziza Craan (a6) and Lisa Saiman (a2) (a7)...


In 2013, New York State mandated that, during influenza season, unvaccinated healthcare personnel (HCP) wear a surgical mask in areas where patients are typically present. We found that this mandate was associated with increased HCP vaccination and decreased HCP visits to the hospital Workforce Health and Safety Department with respiratory illnesses and laboratory-confirmed influenza.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2017;38:1361–1363


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Address correspondence to Lisa Saiman, MD MPH, Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center, 650 West 168th Street PH 4 West Room 470, New York, New York 10032 (


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PREVIOUS PRESENTATION. Presented in part as oral presentation at IDWeek, New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 29, 2016.



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