Only 36% of healthcare workers receive the recommended flu vaccination annually, according to a report by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. The foundation called the vaccination rate "dismal" and urged hospitals and other healthcare organizations to undertake a concerted effort to increase vaccinations. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and several medical and nursing groups have recommended that healthcare workers receive annual vaccinations against the flu, which kills an average of 36,000 people annually and hospitalizes 114,000. The foundation said unvaccinated healthcare workers can be a primary cause of flu outbreaks. It cited a flu outbreak at one hospital in which 23% of the hospital's staff became ill, resulting in 14 sick days, eight postponed scheduled admissions and 11 days of suspended emergency admissions. Read the foundation's report. -- by Julie Piotrowski
Most healthcare workers skip yearly flu shot: study
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