1 in 3 Providers Avoid Flu Shots as Stakes Rise

Cheryl Clark, September 28, 2012

One in three healthcare workers didn't bother getting immunized against influenza during the 2011–2012 flu season, prompting government and infectious disease organizations to push for more aggressive efforts from healthcare organizations.

Even though last season's overall healthcare worker immunization rates were 3.4% higher than in 2010–11, in hospitals, nearly one in four (23.1%) workers weren't immunized, in physician offices one in three (32.3%) were not immunized, and in long-term care facilities, nearly half (47.6%) of workers failed to get their flu shots. That's according to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published by Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

The stakes will get higher at least for acute care hospitals starting Jan. 1, when pay-for-reporting rules set by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services require hospitals to submit influenza vaccination rates for their workers for the 2012-13 influenza season. They will be publicly reported starting next July.


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