Navigation Links
American College of Physicians recommends flu vaccination for health-care workers
Date:10/3/2007

The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends that an annual influenza vaccine should be required for every health care worker with direct patient care activities.

Only 36 percent of all health care workers are immunized against influenza each year. Transmission of influenza from health care workers to patients has been documented in nearly every health care setting, and multiple studies show that 70 percent or more of health care workers continue to work despite being ill with influenza, increasing exposure of patients and co-workers.

"Immunizing health care workers safely and effectively prevents a significant number of influenza infections, hospitalizations, and deaths among the patients they care for, as well as preventing workplace disruption and medical errors by workers absent from work due to illness, or present at work but ill," said Vincenza Snow, MD, FACP, Director, Clinical Programs and Quality of Care at ACP.

Every year, flu infects up to 20 percent of the population, causes the hospitalization of about 200,000 people, and kills 36,000.

Major professional medical societies have endorsed and published recommendations requiring health care workers with direct patient care to be immunized, unless they sign an informed declination. ACP encourages organizations to establish an annual influenza vaccination program, educate staff and physicians about flu vaccination, evaluate vaccination rates and reasons for nonparticipation in the immunization program at the unit level, and implement enhancements to the program to increase participation.

ACP's influenza vaccination policy exempts health care workers if a medical contraindication to influenza immunization exists, a religious objection to immunization exists, or an informed declination is signed by the health care worker. The full text of the policy can be viewed at http://www.acponline.org/aii/acp_vaccination.pdf.


'/>"/>

Contact: Steve Majewski
smajewski@acponline.org
215-351-2514
American College of Physicians
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Abstain from sex- the latest mantra of American teens
2. Clintons new problem - Is the outgoing American president suffering from skin cancer?
3. American scientists alter gene makeup of babies
4. FDA attacks American Red Cross for blood violations
5. Poll Finds Many Americans Misinformed About Cancer
6. Poll Finds Many Americans Misinformed About Cancer
7. Hypertension Drug of Choice for African Americans
8. 38 million Americans including 14 million children left to combat hunger
9. Americans Consume Far Too Much Salt and Sodium
10. Americans Growing Out Of Shape
11. Rise in Stress among Americans
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/22/2017)... ... 2017 , ... “Letters From Home”: a moving compilation of letters that ... God. “Letters From Home” is the creation of published author, John Allred, a passionate ... Jerry Savelle Ministries International, who has traveled and ministered on four continents. , “It ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... ... September 22, 2017 , ... ... create life. Although frozen embryos have a slight statistical advantage for live births, ... is a wonderful opportunity for women undergoing medical treatment or who are concerned ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... ... September 21, 2017 , ... With ProSlideshow Portrait from Pixel Film ... do. Users can select from up to two layers of subject matter along with ... mouse all within Final Cut Pro X. , With ProSlideshow Portrait each ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... ... September 21, 2017 , ... ... — 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET, http://www.fdanews.com/processcapabilityindices      ... things wrong, run afoul of The Quality System Regulation (§820.250), and Devicemakers find ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... ... September 21, 2017 , ... The American Addiction ... Services for professionals in the addiction treatment industry entitled: Special Investigations Unit ... Insurance companies and state and federal governments are increasingly scrutinizing the addiction treatment ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/1/2017)... , Sept. 1, 2017  Explorers Like Us ( ... America,s greatest aural experiences — and deliver these experiences as ... to help people feel and heal better. ... While nothing beats a walk, ... refresh your mind, Life Environments™ is the next best thing ...
(Date:8/31/2017)... 31, 2017 PM360,s annual Innovations Issue, ... the latest innovations happening across the industry. Established six ... focus on providing a comprehensive look at the newest ... the most innovative companies, startups, divisions, products, services, and ... "Everyone in this industry wants to do ...
(Date:8/29/2017)... , Aug. 29, 2017 In a move ... and regulatory compliance for veterinary practices of all sizes, ... new partnership that makes TITAN,s expertise in physical security, ... to Cubex,s clients nationally. ... and handling controlled substances is at risk today," said ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: