An annual flu vaccination is a standard recommendation for health care professionals to protect both patients and themselves. However, new data supplied by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that flu vaccination rates among healthcare providers has stalled at 74% since 2014. Professionals in long-term care settings had some of the lowest rates at 67.4%, while locations where the vaccine was not required, offered on-site, or promoted only had a 47.6% vaccination rate.
The overall vaccination rate of approximately 74% of healthcare providers was 15 points higher than that of the 2010-2011 season. However, a significant difference has not been noted over the past four years.
These findings were published on Medscape on September 27, 2018.19