Last Flu Season, Vaccination Rose among Long-Term Care Staff, Fell among Older Adults

October 7, 2016 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​Influenza vaccination coverage among healthcare personnel working in long-term care settings increased from 63.9% during the 2014–2015 flu season to 69.2% in the 2015–2016 flu season, according to an article in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) September 30, 2016, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. However, vaccination coverage was lower among those working in long-term care settings (69.2%) than among those working in hospitals (91.2%) and ambulatory care settings (79.8%). Although flu vaccination coverage has increased in all settings since the 2011–2012 season, those working in long-term care settings have consistently had lower coverage than those working in hospital and ambulatory care settings.

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