1 in 3 Providers Avoid Flu Shots as Stakes Rise
Asked during a news conference how healthcare providers expect to motivate their patients to get flu vaccines when so many providers don't set a good example, Litjen Tan, Director, Medicine and Public Health for the American Medical Association, replied that providers are beginning to understand the need for immunization.
"That they need to be good role models and get vaccinated themselves, I think, is something that's beginning to hit them, in terms of their radar, and that's why you're seeing these rates going up," he said.
Recommendations from the National Vaccine Advisory Committee this February say every medical facility needs to have an influenza prevention program in place, and that vaccination "needs to be an important component."
"But if you have all these prevention programs in place and you still can not successfully immunize 90% of your healthcare workers, which is the Healthy People 2020 goal, they strongly recommend that you start looking at other methods to try to get to that rate, which includes things like (making vaccination) a condition of employment," Tan said.
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