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Influenza Vaccination Rates Among Health Care Personnel Remain Well Below National Goal
Date:2/27/2008

r and to patients. Indeed, the Call to Action report cites resources suggesting that unvaccinated health care personnel can be a key cause of influenza outbreaks in health care settings. One example is a 65-person outbreak in a long-term care facility in which only one in 10 health care personnel was vaccinated against influenza -- resulting in hospitalizations and a few deaths.

Influenza can put a significant economic burden on employers and all workplace environments. Influenza outbreaks force employees to cover shifts and rearrange schedules, causing unnecessary stress. Conversely, fewer cases of influenza among staff mean fewer sick days and hospitalizations.

Four years ago, the CDC issued recommendations encouraging health care personnel vaccination; since then, however, vaccination rates have fluctuated and they remain unacceptably low. These rates have led NFID and its supporters to resume and build on previous public health efforts to increase influenza vaccination rates.

Best Practices Report: Strategies to Increase HCP Immunization Rates

The content of the report, "Immunizing Healthcare Personnel Against Influenza: A Report on Best Practices," was derived from a recent roundtable meeting involving representatives from several national organizations, including the American Medical Association, CDC, and The Joint Commission, to discuss the successes and challenges of immunization practices. These same groups, among others, also support NFID in its Call to Action report.

Programs developed by Virginia Mason Medical Center, St. Jude Children's Research Center, Kaiser Permanente of Northern California and Cleveland Clinic successfully increased influenza vaccination rates among health care personnel. While each case study reveals its successes, each also illustrates the discussions and obstacles that occurred during the process. The report also includes an extensive overview of state legislative and regulatory efforts to incre
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