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Surveillance for Healthcare Personnel Vaccination

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that all healthcare personnel (HCP) and persons in training for healthcare professions should be vaccinated annually against influenza.[1] Persons who are infected with influenza virus, including those with subclinical infection, can transmit influenza virus to persons at higher risk for complications from influenza. Vaccination of HCP has been associated with reduced work absenteeism and with fewer deaths among nursing home patients and elderly hospitalized patients. Although annual vaccination is recommended for all HCP and is a high priority for reducing morbidity associated with influenza in healthcare settings, national survey data have demonstrated that vaccination coverage levels are only approximately 70% [2]. This is well below the Healthy People 2020 goal of 90% for HCP influenza vaccination [3].

References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Prevention and control of seasonal influenza with vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2009." MMWR 58, no. Early Release (2009):1-52.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Health-Care Personnel — United States, 2012–13 Influenza Season.”  MMWR 62(38);781-786.  http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6238a2.htm?s_cid=mm6238a2_w. (Accessed August 26, 2014). .
  3. Healthy People 2020. Immunization and Infectious Diseases. (Accessed June 15, 2012)

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