Employer Flu Vaccination Requirements and Free On-Site Options Are Increasing Coverage, Says CDC
October 5, 2016 | Strategic Insights for Health System
More than 90% of hospital workers reported receiving the flu vaccine for the 2015–2016 flu season, compared with just 69% of long-term care providers and 80% of ambulatory care workers, according to a report in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) September 30, 2016, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. CDC recommends annual flu vaccines for all healthcare workers. Coverage for workers in hospitals increased slightly from the previous year, from 90.4% to 91.2%. Coverage for healthcare workers overall increased from the previous flu season, from 77% to 79%, representing an increase of 15.5 percentage points from the 2010–2011 flu season.