Hospitals lead healthcare worker vaccinations, CDC says

About 92 percent of hospital workers reported receiving a flu vaccine during the 2017-18 flu season, compared to 75 percent of ambulatory care workers and 67 percent of long-term care workers, according to a survey released Sept. 28 by the CDC.

The CDC polled 2,265 healthcare personnel across the U.S. via an online survey between March 27 and April 17.

Here are four things to know:

1. In total, 78.4 percent of healthcare workers reported receiving a flu shot last year.

2. In hospitals with a vaccine requirement, vaccination coverage was 97 percent among employees.

3. Physicians (96 percent), pharmacists (92 percent) and nurses (90 percent) reported the highest rates of vaccine coverage. Other clinical health care personnel (81 percent), assistants and aides (71 percent) and nonclinical healthcare personnel (73 percent) reported the lowest coverage rates.

4. The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices continues to recommend annual flu vaccination for all healthcare personnel to reduce flu-related illness and deaths.

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