The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

4273.0: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - 5:30 PM

Abstract #74117

Working With Unions to Protect San Francisco General Hospital Workers in the Smallpox Vaccination Campaign

Michael Lyon, Emergency Coalition to Save Public Health, 128 Faith St, San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-282-5218,

In the wake of the Bush Administration’s drive to have many US healthcare and public health workers vaccinated against smallpox, workers activists at San Francisco General Hospital – the city’s public hospital – pressed their union to stand up for them. The Service Employees International Union then urged members not to participate in the program. The city's Department of Public Health has now forbidden health workers who have direct contact with patients from receiving smallpox vaccinations unless they can find a way to avoid patients.

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Keywords: Public Health Advocacy, Workplace Safety

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Bay Area Community Organizing for Health Justice

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA