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Healthcare Workers and Flu Vaccinations

Posted on October 17 2013

Did you know that the CDC, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) recommend that all U.S. healthcare workers get their flu shot on an annual basis?

Why Get Vaccinated

Why is it so important for healthcare workers to get vaccinated? The flu can be a very serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even result in death. Anyone can get very sick from the flu, including those who are otherwise healthy, and most especially the elderly and younger children and babies. Healthcare workers are at a high risk of contracting the flu from sick patients and are also high risks of spreading the disease. By getting vaccinated, healthcare workers are protecting themselves, their families, and patients alike.

Who is recommended for vaccinations?

Healthcare workers, including (but not limited to):

- Physicians
- Nurses and nursing assistants
- Therapists
- Emergency medical service personnel
- Dental professionals
- Pharmacists
- Laboratory and technician personnel
- Autopsy personnel
- Students, trainees and volunteers
- Contractual staff not employed by the health-care facility
- Housekeeping and laundry personnel
- Security
- Administrative, billing and clerical staff

Am I at risk for the flu or a more serious related disease?

Even if you do not work in a healthcare related field, it is recommended that everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine this year. Although a flu shot is recommended for everyone, it is especially important for:

- Those who are at a high risk of developing serious complications (such as pneumonia) if they get sick with the flu
- People with certain medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and chronic lung disease.
- Pregnant woman
- People younger than age 5 and those 65 years of age and older.
- Household contacts and caregivers of people with certain medical conditions
- Household contacts and caregivers of infants less than 6 months old

Stay safe this flu season! If you or someone you know is at high risk for the flu, consider a Flu Prevention Mini Kit – it includes a hand sanitizing wipe, gloves and a face mask. Check it out today!

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