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CDC Aims to Increase Flu Shots Among Healthcare Workers

A July 13th report from CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices ups the ante regarding healthcare staff flu shots.

Since estimates continue to show less than half of healthcare workers (HCWs) receive flu vaccinations, the CDC now recommends healthcare facilities consider the vaccination coverage among healthcare workers as one of the measures in patient safety quality programs.

Other recommendations in Prevention and Control of Influenza, 2007 discuss improving vaccination coverage among workers and implementing policies to encourage HCW vaccination. One way to do this is by requiring signed declination statements from HCW who decline influenza vaccination.

Forms for documenting flu vaccinations and declinations are found in Tab 11 of the Quality America OSHA Safety Program Manual or Tab 8 of the Dental OSHA Safety Program Manual.

You may also download a free employee influenza vaccination declination form from Quality America's Online OSHA Resource Center.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Posted by Quality America on July 13, 2007 | Comments (1)


CDC's most recent stats indicate that for the 2006 flu season, less than 50% of healthcare workers received the flu vaccine.

What's the deal? Hate needles? Believe the autism hype about vaccinations? Employer didn't offer it for free?

Posted by: Dr. Sheila Dunn at August 1, 2007 03:30 PM

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