A significantly higher percentage of physicians and nurses compared with other healthcare workers received flu vaccines in the last flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.
Just over two-thirds of all healthcare personnel (66.9%) received the influenza vaccine in the 2011-12 season, marking a 3.4 percentage-point increase from the season before, according to CDC statistics released Thursday. Hospital physicians, at 86.7%, and hospital nurses, at 78.1%, had the highest vaccination rates. Nurses at long-term-care facilities, at 50.2%, had the lowest rate. The federal government's Healthy People 2020 goal is a 90% flu vaccination rate for physicians.
"More widespread implementation of comprehensive influenza vaccination strategies for (healthcare personnel), focusing on those who are not physicians and nurses, will be needed to further increase overall coverage among (healthcare personnel)," the CDC said in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.