More Healthcare Workers Need Flu Shots

 

Global National Mandatory flu vaccine debate

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Flu vaccination for healthcare workers – what you need to know

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Healthcare Workers, get your flu vaccine! It’s #YourBestShot

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Flu Shot 2012 (Version 1) Healthcare Workers Southlake Regional Health Centre

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Seasonal Influenza Vaccination (Health Care Workers)

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More health care workers required to get flu shots

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The Obligations of Healthcare Workers to Get Flu Shots

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By work setting, flu vaccination coverage was highest among HCP working in hospitals (95.2%). Flu vaccination coverage continues to be lower among HCP working in long-term care (LTC) settings (67.9%) compared with those working in. “For decades, health care and education employers have required employees to take the flu shot and show proof of other major vaccinations – such as those for tetanus, polio or measles.

Getting a flu shot can lower the odds of patients contracting the flu from doctors, nurses and others, and reduce flu-related complications and deaths among health care workers and their patients, the authors of the CDC report said. Is wearing a mask enough protection for patients when employees in health care settings refuse to get flu shots? Most health care providers say it is, but some don’t and will instead transfer. FRIDAY, Sept.

30, 2016 More U.S. health care workers need to get their annual flu shots, a new government report shows. Roughly one in. Flu immunization coverage among healthcare workers was only about 10% as recently as 1989, the report says.

The rate improved to roughly 40% in the ensuing few years, but it has remained “relatively constant” since 1997, it states. One of the government’s health objectives is to raise flu-shot coverage among healthcare workers to 60% by 2010. It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both be spreading this fall and winter, making it more important than ever that ALL healthcare workers get a flu vaccine!

Here is what else healthcare workers need to know this season. Find Flu Vaccine. If you work directly with patients or handle material that could spread infection, you should get appropriate vaccines to reduce the chance that you will get or spread vaccine-preventable diseases. Protect yourself, your patients, and your family members. Make sure you are up-to-date with recommended vaccines.

There are many vaccine options to choose from. CDC does not recommend one flu vaccine over another. The most important thing is for all people 6 months of age and older to get a flu vaccine every year. If you have questions about which flu vaccine to get, talk to your doctor or other health care professional.

Which vaccines are recommended for health care workers? You need to be up to date on routine vaccines recommended for your age, like the chickenpox vaccine. You also need to get a flu shot every year — and you may need additional vaccines, like the hepatitis B vaccine.

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Employers may also offer employees free flu shots to keep them healthy during influenza season.

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I also encourage all health care workers to get an annual flu shot.

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Because of the higher mortality rate in vulnerable populations such as children, older adults, and those who are already ill, many hospitals require that all employees receive a flu vaccination.

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Employees and students should also keep a permanent copy of all vaccinations for future jobs and as evidence so they do not have to needlessly repeat vaccines.

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Many of these hospitalizations and deaths could be prevented with a yearly flu shot, especially for those people at increased risk (people over 50, immunocompromised individuals, and health care workers in close contact with flu patients).

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Should your government require all workers to get flu shots?

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We have found that media reports of a threatening influenza epidemic will regularly increase employee acceptance of the vaccine.

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The CDC recommends that flu vaccination should be conveniently accessible to healthcare workers at no cost.

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and health professionals should make a special effort to see that these higher risk persons are vaccinated annually, preferably in the fall before the onset of the flu season.

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In addition, any health care worker who cares for older adults should receive annual influenza vaccinations to prevent transmission and thus indirectly reduce mortality from influenza in the older population.

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by Carol A. Miller
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  • In Australia, they are holding the elderly HOSTAGE by forcing visitors to take flu shots in order to visit them at aged care facilities. If one is sick, they should not be in contact with the elderly anyway! That’s just common sense!