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QuickStats: Percentage of Nursing Home Facilities Using Certain Strategies to Encourage Influenza Vaccination of Their Employees,* by Strategy Used --- National Nursing Home Survey, United States, 2004

* Based on response to the following question: "Does (facility) do any of the following to encourage employees' influenza vaccinations? Vaccinations recommended; vaccinations offered on site; vaccinations offered for free; staff incentives provided for vaccination; proof of vaccination (or contraindication) required as a condition of work/employment; furlough or patient restriction policy for employees developing influenza-like illness; none of the above." Facilities could select all strategies that apply.

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§ Associated with staff influenza vaccination rates >60%.

In 2004, the majority (63%) of nursing homes reported <60% employees had received an influenza shot last influenza season. In 2004, nursing homes used different strategies to promote influenza vaccination among employees. Three of these strategies (offering free vaccinations, furloughing employees with influenza-like illness, and requiring proof of vaccination) were significantly associated with staff influenza vaccination rates >60%. Only 1% of surveyed facilities did not use at least one of the strategies.

SOURCE: National Nursing Home Survey; 2004. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nnhs.htm.

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Date last reviewed: 1/24/2008

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