CDC posts fact sheet on flu shots and healthcare workers

By: September 14th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

Pointing out that healthcare workers play an important role in protecting public health and their co-workers, who are essential to providing care during the flu season, the CDC recommends that all health care workers get an annual flu vaccine in “Influenza Vaccination Information for Health Care Workers.”

Posted September 12, the fact sheet presents compelling points for vaccination such as:

  • Influenza outbreaks in hospitals and long-term care facilities have been attributed to low vaccination rates among health care professionals.
  • Studies have shown that higher vaccination rates among health care workers can reduce influenza-like illness, and even deaths, in settings like nursing homes.
  • Getting a yearly flu vaccine can help ensure your time off is spent doing what you want to do, not staying at home sick.

In most years fewer than half of healthcare workers report getting an annual flu vaccine.

The fact sheet also dispels the myth that flu shots can give you the flu and identifies the types of flu shots healthcare workers should receive.

To help make the case for flu shots, whether voluntary or mandatory, in your facility, see the talking points document under the Pandemic Planning heading on the Tools page.

Navigate the sticky issues around mandatory flu shots
Seasonal and H1N1 influenza have prompted many healthcare facilities to consider mandatory influenza immunization for employees. The reaction from employees has been unmistakably vocal, as issues of patient safety and workers’ rights clash. HCPro’s Mandatory Influenza Vaccinations: Get Healthcare Staff Onboard at Your Facility, a 90-minute on-demand webcast will provide you with the medical and organizational perspectives for developing a mandatory influenza immunization policy.

Comments

By Susan E. Fisher on September 15th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I will use the Flu facts sheet during our annual Fall Health Fair, thanks.

By Linda M. Kantorski on October 2nd, 2010 at 12:09 am

I don’t understand how you can mandate that workers get a flu vaccine when patients have the right to accept or decline the flu shot. How is it anymore safe for a healthcare worker to get a vaccine when some patients have it and some don’t? AND, if it’s so effective, what’s the big worry if someone has gotten it and is around someone who hasn’t? It’s just another big money maker for the vaccine companies and health care facilities are in their pocket!

By Linda M. Kantorski on October 2nd, 2010 at 12:16 am

I also find it interesting that you only offer tips on implementing mandatory flu vaccinations for healthcare workers and not anything on the other side of the issue. Very balanced!

By David LaHoda on October 4th, 2010 at 9:53 am

Linda:

Please realize that the tips were from a the webcast Mandatory Influenza Vaccinations: Get Healthcare Staff Onboard at Your Facility, which obviously favors the policy, as do I.

 

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