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1 in 3 Providers Avoid Flu Shots as Stakes Rise

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 28, 2012

"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.
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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?