Flu Vaccines for Healthcare Providers: Let Your Voice Be Heard
The National Vaccine Advisory Committee established a Health Care Personnel Influenza Vaccination Subgroup to help achieve the national goal of 90 percent influenza immunization among healthcare providers by the year 2020.
And they want to hear from you about recommendations on how to achieve this goal. On the NPVO section of the Health and Human Services (HHS) website, there is a draft of the recommendations and a link for you to post your comments.
Among the members of this group are people representing you. They are experts from public health, the American Nurses Association, OSHA, the Service Employees International Union and medical and pharmaceuticals representatives. Healthcare programs are wide ranging - including not just hospitals and skilled nursing facilities but clinics and freestanding urgi-centers. The scope of employees covers both clinical and ancillary staff because the food preparers, the housekeepers and other non-clinical staff may also be exposed to this respiratory pathogen.
Not all facilities will need to resort to the most dramatic measures as some places have achieved compliance rates above 90 percent but the national average for flu vaccine among us healthcare workers is 62 percent.
Those of you who have read my earlier posts know that I am in support of these recommendations. And before one gets excited about mandatory flu vaccines, remember we are already subject to other mandatory vaccines (for school entry) and for employment (e.g., measles).
The comment period on the HHS website is open until Jan. 16, 2012. We'd love to hear what you posted.