Imagine that you are representing the staff in the health care agency where you work. In anticipation of a possible outbreak of a deadly new strain of flu, the administration has decreed that all staff must present documentation of adequate immunity against this new flu before gaining access to any patient care settings. The required flu vaccine and immunity test have only been developed and marketed in the past year.
In your initial post answer the following questions:
- As the staff representative concerned for the rights and safety of your constituents, what questions would you raise about the accuracy of the immunity screening test?
- Based on your general understanding of disease processes, what concerns would you have about this new flu strain in terms of its impact on staff, clients, and the agency’s readiness to handle an outbreak?