About 63.5% of healthcare personnel were vaccinated for influenza in the 2010-11 flu season, comparable with the previous year, when 61.9% received the flu vaccine and 64.3% received either a season flu shot or an H1N1 vaccine shot, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC reports health workers vaccination rates
Hospitals achieved the highest rate of compliance, with 71.1% of hospital healthcare personnel getting the shot. Other rates of compliance were: long-term 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 CDC data show.
But the data, which came from a total sample of 1,931 healthcare personnel, indicate that among those not getting vaccinated, only 45.8% believe that getting vaccinated is worth the time and expense, which is a problem, the CDC believes. “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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