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Friday, September 19, 2014

Definitions of health care personnel groups for National Healthcare Safety Network reporting — United States, 2013–14 influenza season

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends annual influenza vaccination for all health care personnel (HCP) to reduce influenza-related morbidity and mortality in health care settings.
What is added by this report?
Nationally, 81.8% of HCP included in National Healthcare Safety Network data were reported as receiving influenza vaccination during the 2013–14 influenza season. Reported proportion of HCP vaccinated was highest among employees (86.1%) and...
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* The American Hospital Association defines community hospitals as all nonfederal, short-term general, and other special hospitals (including obstetrics and gynecology; eye, ear, nose, and throat; rehabilitation; orthopedic; and other individually described specialty services) accessible by the general public.
† Data for the 2012–13 season will not be published by CDC or CMS because reporting was required beginning January 1, 2013; therefore, reported data for 2012–13 might not cover the entire influenza season.
§ Estimates of influenza vaccination coverage among health care personnel working in settings other than acute care hospitals can be obtained for selected states via the optional industry and occupation module of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). This module was implemented in the 2013 BRFSS survey; module questions are available at http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/questionnaires/pdf-ques/2013%20brfss_english.pdf.
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