The rate of flu vaccinations among hospital workers in November increased to 83.4% from 77.8% a year earlier, although the numbers were static for the overall healthcare workforce and the general public, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The hospital figures suggest that efforts that go as far as mandatory vaccinations at a small but growing number of hospital systems are paying off toward meeting the CDC's goal of reaching a 90% vaccination for healthcare workers, but the overall rate of 62.9% for healthcare personnel across all settings remains far from that benchmark.
The rate of flu vaccinations for the general public has also held steady compared with 2011, according to the CDC, with this year's rate standing at 37%. The 2011 rate was 36.3%. The 2012 flu season is also off to an early start. Excluding 2009's H1N1 pandemic, this season the country has seen the most flu-like-illness activity since the 2002-03. The CDC plans to host a live Twitter chat from 1 to 2 p.m. ET Wednesday to address flu topics in conjunction with National Influenza Vaccination Week.