CDC: Flu shot coverage of health care personnel increasing

CDC: flu shot coverage of health care personnel increasing

(HealthDay)—Influenza vaccination coverage has increased among health care personnel but varies by occupation type and occupational setting, according to a report published in the Sept. 27 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Stacie M. Greby, D.V.M., of the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues surveyed 1,944 self-selected health care personnel during the first two weeks of April 2013 to estimate their rate of influenza vaccination.

The researchers found that overall coverage had increased to 72 percent, from the 66.9 percent reported during the 2012 season. Coverage was 92.3 percent among physicians, 89.1 percent among pharmacists, and 84.8 percent among nurses. Coverage was highest among those working in hospitals, and lowest, at 58.9 percent, among health care personnel working in long-term care facilities. Vaccination was more common in settings where flu shots were offered free and on-site for multiple days.

"Widespread implementation of comprehensive strategies that focus on improving access to vaccination services is needed to improve health care personnel ," the authors write.

More information: Full Text

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

CDC: Most teen immunizations on the rise

Aug 30, 2013

(HealthDay)—Vaccination coverage in youths for tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) and meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY) has been increasing since 2009, but there is still a ways to go before ...

CDC: 2012-2013 flu vaccine not as effective in elderly

Feb 25, 2013

(HealthDay)—Vaccination against influenza for the 2012/2013 flu season appears to be moderately effective in reducing the need for outpatient medical attention, but the effect is lower in the elderly, according ...

Recommended for you

Presence of peers ups health workers' hand hygiene

12 hours ago

(HealthDay)—The presence of other health care workers improves hand hygiene adherence, according to a study published in the October issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

Sierra Leone streets deserted as shutdown begins

20 hours ago

Sierra Leone's normally chaotic capital resembled a ghost town on Friday as residents were confined to their homes for the start of a three-day lockdown aimed at halting the deadly Ebola epidemic.

Sierra Leone launches controversial Ebola shutdown

22 hours ago

Sierra Leone on Friday launched a controversial three-day shutdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus, as the UN Security Council declared the deadly outbreak a threat to world peace.

User comments