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1 in 3 Providers Avoid Flu Shots as Stakes Rise

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 28, 2012

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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2 comments on "1 in 3 Providers Avoid Flu Shots as Stakes Rise"


Ellen (10/31/2012 at 7:45 PM)
While I respect the value of the "patient's safety" where does the HCP stand as far as us being protected from patients? Will it be mandatory for all pts coming into the hospital have flu shots? I have never refused to take care of a patient for any health issue/disease they might present with but to me it just seems like the big concern is for the pt and no interest in what the nurse might contact from pt. I have been a nurse for 33 yrs, never had a flu shot and never had the flu. I have worked in my present position for over 9 yrs and have only missed one day of work due to illness.

Man (10/18/2012 at 9:54 AM)
Where can I Find the data on how this has lowered the disease or illness by everyone getting the flu shot?