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New CDC numbers indicate mandatory flu shot policies noticeably increase vaccination rates among employees

The CDC posted an interesting report yesterday, based on a Web survey the agency conducted, that you should read if you’re at all involved with seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccination efforts.

Here are the highlights:

“Healthcare administrators should consider influenza vaccination coverage among employees an important measure of patient safety and make appropriate efforts to increase coverage in future seasons,” the CDC says in the report. [1]

Regardless of whether you agree with mandatory flu vaccines, the numbers lend support to the idea that hospitals will increase their vaccination rates if they require that employees get flu shots. It seems fear of job loss, particularly in a lousy economy, speaks louder than patient safety concerns.

y mid-January, estim vaccination rate among healthcare workers was 37.1% for H1N1 and 61.9% for seasonal flu y mid-January, estim vaccination rate among healthcare workers was 37.1% for H1N1 and 61.9% for seasonal flu