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Health Care Worker (HCW) Influenza Vaccination

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone 6 months or older get vaccinated against influenza as soon as the flu vaccine is available in their community. It is especially important that health care workers get vaccinated because they may care for or live with people at high risk for influenza-related complications. People 65 years or older, young children, and people with medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or kidney disease are at especially high risk from the flu and complications.

The Maryland Health Care Commission collects the rates of staff influenza vaccination using a separate survey for each facility – one for nursing home health care workers and one for assisted living staff for residences with 10 beds or more. These surveys collect information on vaccinations received by staff working in these settings, as well as information on infection prevention initiatives. Results for each nursing home or assisted living residence surveyed are reported in the Maryland Guide to Long Term Care Services under the Staff Influenza Vaccination Rates tab for each individual facility.    


 

2015-2016 Maryland Nursing Home and Assisted Living Health Care Worker Influenza Vaccination Rates

Webinar: Implementing Effective Strategies to Increase Influenza Vaccination Rates & Reduce Worker Resistance (January 31, 2012)


Last Updated: 8/30/2016