Blog | Monday, September 30, 2013

QD: News Every Day--Vaccination rates rising among health care professionals

72% of health care personnel reported getting the flu vaccine for the 2012–13 season, an increase from 66.9% coverage during the previous season.

To estimate influenza vaccination coverage among health care personnel during the 2012–13 season, CDC conducted an opt-in Internet panel survey of 1,944 self-selected health care personnel in April 2013. The CDC reported its findings Sept. 27 in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

By occupation type, coverage was 92.3% among physicians, 89.1% among pharmacists, 88.5% among nurse practitioners/physician assistants, and 84.8% among nurses, the CDC reported. Vaccination was highest among hospital-based people (83.1%) and was lowest among those at long-term care facilities (58.9%). Vaccination coverage was higher for people offered free, on-site vaccination for one (75.7%) or multiple (86.2%) days compared with people not offered free, on-site vaccination (55.3%).

Among health care personnel reporting that their employer required them to receive influenza vaccination, overall vaccination coverage was 96.5%, with coverage above 95% in all occupational settings, including long-term care facilities (95.8%). Vaccination rates were 76.9% among health care personnel who worked in facilities where employers promoted but did not require vaccination (range: 67% [long-term care facilities] to 85.7% [other clinical settings]) and 50.4% among health care personnel who worked in facilities where employers neither had a vaccination requirement nor promoted vaccination (range: 45% [long-term care facilities] to 67.7% [hospitals]).