Vaccinating healthcare professionals against flu is a patient safety issue. Flu vaccination can help prevent healthcare professionals from passing influenza viruses on to patients, and it helps ensure a healthy workforce to provide patient care.
Healthcare professionals also have an important role in recommending flu vaccination. According to a survey by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), a strong recommendation from a pediatrician or other healthcare professional would make nearly 3 in 4 parents more interested in vaccinating their child against influenza. NFID, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and numerous medical organizations recommend that all healthcare professionals receive an annual flu vaccination.
As a healthcare professional, it is up to you to start the “influenza” dialogue regarding annual influenza vaccination recommendations. It is also important to set an example by getting vaccinated yourself each year.
Influenza (flu) is not just a common cold. Anyone can get sick with flu, but certain people are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications.
NFID public service announcement (:30 animated video) on the impact of flu on adults age 65 years and older
NFID has compiled a list of resources and strategies to increase immunization rates among healthcare professionals