Nowhere near that many people die from flu in the US.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are between 3,000 and 49,000 flu deaths a year in this country, including people of all ages.
And she supports mandatory vaccination policies for some conditions, if there’s clear evidence that unvaccinated health workers pose a risk to patients.
"They died from getting the flu at the hospital."Depending on the severity of the flu, hundreds to thousands of people die from the illness each year.
Their argument: They have medical or religious reasons or doubt the effectiveness of the vaccine.
The employers' response: They have a responsibility to protect the health of patients and co-workers who need to stay healthy."It's not your inalienable right to not get a vaccine if you're helping care for vulnerable patients,'' says Paul Offit, chief of infectious diseases at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
"My fear when the mandate came out was we'd lose workforce.
To my delight, that hasn't happened."STORY: Nurse with no flu shot refuses to wear mask, is fired But more than 1,000 workers filed a petition to oppose the directive.