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For healthcare providers, helping your patients to understand the importance of getting their flu vaccine is not an easy task. With so many myths circulating, and questions left unanswered, it’s no wonder many patients choose not to get vaccinated.
FFF has created our Flu Vaccine Myths & Facts Brochures to help dispel many of these myths, and they are complimentary for our customers. Simply log in and add them to your order!
In addition to our Flu Vaccine Myths & Facts Brochure, FFF offers complimentary Flu Vaccine Reference Charts as well as our seasonal flu posters to help educate both staff and patients about the flu vaccine. Both the reference charts and posters can be added to your flu vaccine order, or ordered by themselves at anytime.
One Healthcare Provider Has Made It a Requirement!
In an effort to reduce the risk of influenza among vulnerable patient populations, BJC HealthCare will require annual influenza vaccinations for all employees. The vaccinations will be provided on site and free of charge.
"Influenza is a serious illness that can have devastating consequences for patients who are already experiencing health issues," says Clay Dunagan, MD, BJC vice president of quality and director of the Center for Health Care Quality and Effectiveness. "Beginning with the 2008 flu season, BJC is taking steps to reduce the risk of spreading influenza in our facilities by making sure all of our employees are vaccinated. It's a matter of patient safety."*
The ACIP, CDC and other national healthcare organizations have long recommended that healthcare workers get an annual flu vaccination.
Healthcare personnel (HCP) are at high risk for acquiring influenza infection due to their exposure to ill patients. Because those persons who are at greatest risk of developing complications of influenza are exposed to healthcare personnel in a variety of in-patient and outpatient settings, an important strategy to decrease exposure to these high-risk individuals is to immunize healthcare workers.**
Surprisingly, national survey data from 2005-2006 demonstrated a vaccination coverage level of 42 percent among these healthcare workers. Even among healthcare organizations having aggressive targeted campaigns, 30-50 percent of HCP remain unvaccinated.**
* Source: See the Barnes Jewish Hospital media release
** Source: See the APIC Position Paper: Influenza Immunization of Healthcare Personnel