With the 2017-2018 flu season approaching, it is vital for healthcare organizations to have an Influenza vaccination policy in place.  According to the CDC, 68.5% of healthcare workers reported receiving their flu shot by November for the 2016-2017 season, which was a slight increase of approximately 2% from the 2015-2016 season.   This, however, still leaves 31.5% of your staff vulnerable to contracting and spreading the flu; leaving your organization understaffed during the busy fall and winter season.

Employer Policies Have a Positive Impact on Increased Vaccination Rates

Since healthcare workers are working directly with sick patients daily, their risk of contracting the flu is greatly increased.  A growing number of healthcare employers have started enforcing a policy requiring their staff to get an annual flu vaccination to help reduce its spread.  According to the CDC, nearly 2-1/2 times more healthcare workers will get their Influenza vaccination if it is simply recommended by their employer, and when required by their employer, nearly 3-times the number of healthcare workers report receiving their vaccination.  It is important to educate and encourage your staff on the benefits of receiving an annual vaccination before the flu season starts, to protect not only your staff, but high-risk patients as well.

Flu Shot Stickers Can Help Support Your Organization’s Flu Vaccination Policy

PDC Healthcare’s flu shot stickers help your facility improve compliance rates, as well as identify and recognize personnel in compliance.  Flu shot stickers are a great way to help keep track of staff that have and have not been vaccinated.  They are highly visible, and can be worn on employee badges to remind and encourage not only their peers, but patients, to get their annual flu shot.

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CDC Publishes 2016-2017 Early Season Healthcare Workers Influenza Vaccination Rates
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CDC Publishes 2016-2017 Early Season Healthcare Workers Influenza Vaccination Rates
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With the 2017-2018 flu season approaching, it is vital for healthcare organizations to have an Influenza vaccination policy in place. A growing number of healthcare employers have started enforcing a policy requiring their staff to get an annual flu vaccination to help reduce its spread.
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Jennifer Scinto

Jennifer Scinto is a Marketing Communications Specialist at PDC where she enjoys creating helpful and relevant content about patient safety, healthcare regulations, and industry trends. Prior to joining PDC, she worked several years in marketing at a 3D rapid prototyping company, where she handled digital marketing. Jennifer graduated Cum Laude from California State University Northridge with a degree in Communication Studies, and is a published author and freelance writer. She is passionate about mental health advocacy, and enjoys sharing her journey and providing hope to others who struggle with the impact and stigma of mental illness. In her free time, you’ll find Jennifer relaxing with the two most adorable dogs (she’s not biased though of course), spending time with family and friends, or immersing herself in nature while shredding down a mountain on her mountain bike.

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