The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging healthcare workers to get the annual flu vaccine.
Some Democrats in the Senate are considering an overhaul to the nation's rules when it comes to hiring foreign workers for "specialty occupations," including some occupations in the healthcare field.
Concern for patient safety was only third in a list of reasons why healthcare workers get flu vaccinations, according to a study in Germany.
Health officials say the H1N1 flu vaccine could be available as early as three weeks from now. And only one dose may be needed for each recipient.
Healthcare providers will receive the same Medicare payment rate to administer the H1N1 flu vaccine as the seasonal flu vaccine, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said.