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Influenza Vaccination of Healthcare Personnel (HCP)

Healthcare personnel are at high risk for influenza exposure and illness, and may be a source of influenza virus transmission in healthcare settings.  Annual influenza vaccination is the best method of preventing influenza and potentially serious complications.  The current Health People 2020 goal for influenza vaccination among healthcare personnel is 90%. You can visit Influenza Vaccination Information for Health Care Workers for more information on the benefits of vaccination and statistics by health care profession. The 2006 MMWR focused on influenza vaccination of health-care personnel Influenza Vaccination of Health-Care Personnel, Recommendations of the HICPAC and ACIP outlines the general recommendations concerning influenza vaccination of healthcare professionals.

As a condition of licensure, MDPH regulations require healthcare facilities, including hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, dialysis centers, clinics, nursing homes, rest homes, and adult day health programs to offer free-of-charge, annual influenza vaccine to all personnel (full and part-time employees, contracted employees, volunteers, house staff and students) and document receipt of influenza vaccine administered and declination of immunization.  Licensed facilities are also required to report information to MDPH documenting compliance with the vaccination requirement. You can find more information in this circular letter (DOC). MDPH has a page on reporting information for facilities and flu vaccination reports of healthcare personnel. MDPH also has a website with hospital circular letters related to season influenza vaccination requirements for healthcare personnel.

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