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1 in 3 Providers Avoid Flu Shots as Stakes Rise

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 28, 2012

Added William Schaffner, MD, past president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: "We think very strongly about this. I believe that the immunization of the healthcare provider community, writ large, is both an ethical and a professional responsibility of those healthcare workers."

There are two reasons, Schaffner says. "The first and most important is that it's a patient safety issue, so that we do not transmit our influenza infection to our patients. The other reason is that when influenza strikes, we need to be vertical, not horizontal."

A CDC official, responding to an email query, wrote "Hospitals will be asked to report vaccinations received by healthcare personnel at the facility, vaccinations received outside the facility, medical contraindications, and declinations.

"Data must be reported for all payroll employees, licensed independent practitioners (who are physicians, advanced practice nurses, and physician assistants affiliated with the hospital but not on payroll), and students, trainees, and volunteers age 18 or older," for employees who worked at the facility at least 30 days between Oct. 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013.

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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?