Health care workers take care of the most vulnerable people during flu season. It's crucial that people who work in hospitals, long-term health care facilities and medical practices get a flu shot to avoid spreading illness. 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 Healthcare Worker Influenza Vaccination Rates 2011-2012 Season (pdf) - This research brief presents the results of the third year of reporting on HCW influenza vaccination rates for 60 Oregon Hospitals and 140 long-term care skilled nursing facilities ("long-term care facilities") as well as the first year of reporting for 89 Ambulatory Surgery Centers during the 2011-2012 influenza season.