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Majority of U.S. Hospitals Don’t Require Flu Shots for Staffers: Survey. Only 1.3 percent of VA hospitals mandate the shot for health care workers, researchers find. Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate.

Many, But Not All, Hospitals Require Flu Shots for Staffers. FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 With this year’s terrible flu season a fresh memory, a new study finds that more U.S. hospitals are requiring staffers to get flu shots, but VA hospitals lag behind. In two surveys done four years apart, the number of Veterans Affairs hospitals mandating flu shots rose only slightly, from 1 percent in. While the VA doesn’t require flu shots for staffers, it does have a goal of increasing flu vaccination, the study authors noted.

Among all hospitals that don’t mandate flu shots. It found more than half of the 386 medical centers surveyed don’t require their doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers to get vaccinated against the flu. In all, 42.7 percent said their hospital required flu vaccination of all healthcare providers.

The rate at VA hospitals was very low: 1.3 percent. Most doctors and nurses do get flu shots. But in the past two months, at least 15 nurses and other hospital staffers in four states have been fired. Dr.

Lee Norman, chief medical officer at the University of Kansas Hospital and a surgeon in the 35th Infantry Division of Task Force Spartan, says getting a flu shot. It’s hard getting people to get their flu vaccines, so this hospital system tried something new: a daylong flu vaccine blitz that got shots to 8,000 staffers. Why one hospital worker is risking her job over a flu shot.

Some hospitals, including Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare and Phoenix-based Banner Health, are sidestepping the issue by offering mask-wearing as an alternative. Both hospitals say nearly 100% of staffers were vaccinated last season. Hospitals mandate vaccinations-Doctors are more likely to get flu shots than nurses-Mandates don’t trigger staff. Some employers require certain immunizations.

Hospitals, for example, may require some staff to get a flu vaccine or hepatitis B vaccine or take other precautions such as the use of masks. To find out more about the laws in your state and to contact your state health department through Public Health Resources: State Health Departments. Stat. §71-467 states that each general acute hospital shall annually offer onsite influenza vaccination to all hospital employees and shall offer to all employees a single dose of tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis vaccine if they have not previously received such vaccine and regardless of the time since their most recent vaccination with such vaccine.

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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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The center may also require the workers and volunteers to receive flu shots each year.

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Yet, only two out of five people in the United States reported getting the flu vaccine.

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

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These systems are crucial to the vitality and strength of the U.S. immunization program.

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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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Provided there is a good match between vaccine antigens and circulating viruses, influenza vaccines can offer approximately 70–90% protection against clinical disease in healthy adults, reduce hospital admissions among the elderly by 25–39%, and reduce the overall mortality by 39–75%.

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Further investigation reveals that only 20 percent of the elderly patients you serve had flu shots and that 35 percent of the patients who developed flu were admitted for lengthy hospital stays for pneumonia.

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

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Many healthcare facilities have now made annual influenza vaccination mandatory for employees unless there are legitimate medical reasons for nonimmunization.

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