Flu vac­cine data show im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

New data on the num­bers of health­care work­ers vac­ci­nated for the in­fluenza sug­gest too many don’t think vac­ci­na­tions are im­por­tant, ac­cord­ing to a re­port from the Cen­ters for Disease Con­trol and Preven­tion. Among a sam­ple of 1,931 health­care per­son­nel, about 63.5% were vac­ci­nated for in­fluenza in the 2010-11 flu sea­son, com­pa­ra­ble with the pre­vi­ous year. Hos­pi­tals achieved the high­est rate of com­pli­ance, with 71.1% of hos­pi­tal health­care per­son­nel get­ting the shot. Other rates of com­pli­ance were longterm-care fa­cil­i­ties, 64.4%; am­bu­la­tory/out­pa­tient, 61.5%; and home health, 53.6%, ac­cord­ing to the Aug. 19 Mor­bid­ity and Mor­tal­ity Weekly

Re­port. And 84.2% of physi­cians and den­tists and 69.8% of nurses re­ceived the flu shot, the data show. The CDC, how­ever, said it’s prob­lem­atic that only 45.8% of those not get­ting vac­ci­nated be­lieve vac­ci­na­tions are worth the time and ex­pense. “These re­sults in­di­cate that pro­grams to ed­u­cate (health­care per­son­nel) re­gard­ing the se­ri­ous­ness of in­fluenza and the ef­fec­tive­ness of the vac­cine in pro­tect­ing (the per­son­nel) and their pa­tients from ill­ness should con­tinue,” the au­thors noted.

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