Code of Ethics of the Occupational Medicine Specialist- Part 2 of 7

An Obligation to Maintain Ethical Standards Occupational and environmental health professionals should behave honestly and ethically in all professional relationships. Occupational and environmental health professionals should actively oppose and strive to correct unethical conduct encountered in professional relationships. Occupational and environmental health professionals should recognize and acknowledge impairments, including substance-related and mental disorders, in themselves…

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Can the Vaccine Provide Protection Even if the Vaccine is Not a “Good” Match?

Yes, antibodies made in response to vaccination with one flu virus can sometimes provide protection against different but related viruses. A less than ideal match may result in reduced vaccine effectiveness against the virus that is different from what is in the vaccine, but it can still provide some protection against influenza illness. In addition,…

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Code of Ethics of the Occupational Medicine Specialist

The code of ethics applies to health professionals who are engaged in the practice of occupational or environmental medicine and addresses distinctive ethical issues that are characteristic and recurring in the practice of occupational and environmental medicine. Fundamental Beliefs and Values Three fundamental values are widely recognized in the health care professions and serve here…

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Who Should Get The Flu Vaccine This Season?

Everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine. It’s especially important for the following: People who are at high risk of developing serious complications like pneumonia if they get sick with the flu. This includes: people who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease. Pregnant…

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Kentucky's New Workers' Comp Law Encourages Drug Testing

House Bill 2 (“HB2”) was signed into law by Governor Matt Bevin and became effective in July 2018. Through HB2, the legislature enacted significant changes to multiple provisions of the Workers’ Compensation Act. One of the most significant changes in the statute is the portion related to injuries resulting from illegal, non-prescribed substances or prescribed…

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How do flu vaccines work?

Flu vaccines (the flu shot and the nasal-spray flu vaccine (LAIV)) cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the…

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Vaccine Side Effects (What to Expect)

The flu shot: The viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. Some minor side effects that could occur are: Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given Fever (low grade) Aches If these problems occur, they begin soon after the shot and usually…

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OSHA OKs Drug Testing and Incentive Programs … Sort of

Today, the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) issued a standard interpretation clarifying its position on the new recordkeeping rule’s anti-retaliation provisions. OSHA’s memorandum essentially “rolls back” its enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions, particularly concerning safety incentive programs and post-accident drug testing. Why is this important? Mainly because many employers struggled to understand the…

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