New York suspends H1N1 vaccine requirement for healthcare workers

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Good news, bad news for Alzheimer's research
Good news, bad news for Alzheimer's research

The New York State Health Department halted a regulation requiring all healthcare workers in the state to receive both the H1N1 and seasonal flu inoculations.

A shortage of H1N1 vaccines led to the repeal, according to New York State health officials.  The state chose instead to focus its resources on pregnant women and children, two highly at-risk populations. New York, so far, is the only state with such a mandate.

The New York State Supreme Court last week temporarily suspended the rule pending review of three lawsuits challenging the mandate. (McKnight's, 10/20/09). The rule's suspension had nothing to do with the lawsuits, according to state health officials.