Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Newly Developed Toolkit to Increase Influenza Vaccination among Healthcare Personnel in Long Term Care

Holly Harmon

The long-term care toolkit for increasing influenza vaccination among healthcare personnel in long term care settings – developed by the HHS National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) and available on the CDC website – is the first of its kind. This toolkit was developed because workers in long-term care centers are vaccinated at a much lower rate than that of healthcare personnel in general (63.0% versus 75.2%, according to CDC data for the 2013-2014 flu season). Trends show there have been increases in vaccine coverage within all occupational settings over the past few seasons, with the exception of long-term care. 

Within the toolkit are a number of resources intended to help long-term care centers, agency, or corporation owners and administrators provide access to influenza vaccination for their workforce and to help any employer of workers in long-term care understand the importance of influenza vaccination for their employees. In it you’ll find resources for increasing influenza vaccination among healthcare personnel in long-term care settings as well as data and other information. Increasing vaccination rates among long-term care personnel—including doctors, nurses, nursing assistants or nursing aides, home health aides, personal care aides, and others who do not have direct resident care, such as clerical, dietary, housekeeping, and volunteers, will help to reduce influenza-related illness and its potentially serious consequences. Visit the CDC website for more information. 

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