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] Vaccination of HCP helps to reduce absenteeism of workers and safeguard patients.  Although annual vaccination is recommended for all HCP, national survey data have demonstrated that vaccination coverage levels are only approximately 78% [2]. This is below the Healthy People 2020 target 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 – United States, 2018-19 Influenza Season. 2018. MMWR 67 (RR-3); 1-20.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Health-Care Personnel — United States, 2017–18 Influenza Season.” MMWR 67(38);1050-1054.
  3. Healthy People 2020. Immunization and Infectious Diseasesexternal icon.

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