It's crucial that people who work in hospitals, long-term care facilities and medical practices get a flu shot every year.
Health care workers take care of the most vulnerable people during flu season. Health care workers can get the flu from anyone, including patients and coworkers. They can spread the flu to others even if they don't feel sick.
Vaccination is the best way for health care workers to protect themselves, their families and their patients from getting the flu. Research shows that health care workers who get vaccinated help to reduce:
- Transmission of the flu,
- Staff illness and absenteeism, and
- Influenza-related illness and death, especially among people at increased risk for severe influenza illness.
Oregon's Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) program provides annual reports on healthcare worker vaccination for influenza. Visit the HAI Publications page for the latest report.