Clinical concerns

CDC study finds LTC workers last in receiving flu shots

In a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), long-term care providers are in last place when it comes to the number of health care professionals that get the influenza immunization. This is compared to health care professionals working in hospitals and physician offices.

The report is titled, “Surveillance of Influenza Vaccination Coverage — United States, 2007–08 Through 2011–12 Influenza Seasons.”

According to the report:

As measured by Internet panel surveys, vaccination coverage in the 2011–12 season was 76.9% among health care professionals (HCP) working in hospitals, 67.7% among those in physician offices, and 52.4% among those in long-term care facilities. By occupation, vaccination coverage was 85.6% among physicians, 81.5% among nurse practitioners and physician assistants, 77.9% among nurses, 64.8% among other clinical personnel, and 59.3% among nonclinical staff members.

The report states that “increasing coverage among health-care providers in long-term care facilities is an important strategy to better protect the vulnerable populations in those settings.”

To read the report in full, click here.