1 in 3 Healthcare Workers Skip Flu Shots

Chelsea Rice, October 18, 2012

Despite efforts by the government and the health systems and hospitals that employ them, some healthcare workers continue to resist getting vaccinated against seasonal influenza.




Healthy People 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' most recent 10-year agenda for improving the nation's health, set a target that 90% of healthcare personnel (HCP) be vaccinated against influenza by the year 2020. Its interim goal is targeting that by 2015, 70% of HCP get the flu vaccine.

At the height of the flu pandemic in 2009, 38% of HCP did not get vaccinated. In the 2011-12 flu season, the CDC reported that 33.1% of HCP did not receive their flu shots.

View the top eight reasons why some physicians, nurses, and others don't get vaccinated.

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