"But the truth is that the data showing the link between improved vaccination rates and reduced problems for patients is the most compelling motivator."
Other statistics gleaned from the MMWR include:
- 33.1% of health care personnel did not get an influenza vaccine last season.
- In hospitals that required influenza immunization among their employees, immunization reached 95.2% but in hospitals that didn't require it, the coverage was only 68.2%.
- Compliance was greatest among physicians, (85.6%); nurses (77.9%) but for other healthcare personnel, it was (62.8%).
- For all healthcare personnel working in hospitals, coverage was 76.9%, 67.7% for all those working in physician offices, and 52.4% for those in long-term care facilities.
- Immunization among healthcare personnel ages 60 or over was higher than for other age groups. And, coverage did not differ more than 5 percentage points among racial/ethnic groups.
Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.