CDC wants more healthcare workers to get flu shots

first_imgFeb 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new recommendations last week in an effort to push the percentage of healthcare workers who receive influenza shots above the 40% range, where it has been stalled for years.Among other things, the agency recommended that healthcare facilities offer free flu shots annually to workers on every shift, monitor flu vaccination coverage regularly during the flu season, and obtain signed forms from those who give nonmedical reasons for refusing a shot.”The new recommendations provide strategies to make vaccine more accessible to healthcare workers and to help facilities better determine coverage rates and the reasons their staff have for not getting vaccinated,” the CDC said in a news release.In the interest of protecting both patients and workers, the CDC routinely includes healthcare workers in the general flu immunization recommendations it issues each year. The new recommendations are intended to help healthcare facility administrators, infection control professionals, and occupational health specialists boost immunization rates in their institutions.Flu immunization coverage among healthcare workers was only about 10% as recently as 1989, the report says. The rate improved to roughly 40% in the ensuing few years, but it has remained “relatively constant” since 1997, it states. One of the government’s health objectives is to raise flu-shot coverage among healthcare workers to 60% by 2010.The new recommendations were prepared by the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. They recommend that healthcare facilities:Educate employees about the benefits of flu immunization and the risks of flu for themselves and their patientsOffer vaccine each year to all eligible employees in order to protect them, their patients, and family members and to reduce absenteeismProvide free flu shots on site during all shifts and use strategies such as mobile carts and modeling and support by leadersObtain a signed “declination form” from employees who refuse a flu shot for reasons other than medical contraindicationsMonitor flu vaccination coverage and refusals at regular intervals during the flu season and provide staff and administrators with information on rates by wards, units, and specialtiesUse flu immunization rates “as one measure of a patient safety quality program”The CDC document cites various studies to support most of the recommendations. But it says that the effect of signed declination statements on immunization rates has not been studied. Using such forms, the agency says, can help facilities identify workers “who might require targeted education or other interventions to overcome barriers to vaccine acceptance.” The practice would also help facilities monitor how many employees are offered vaccine.How many healthcare facilities currently offer free flu shots or ask for signed refusal forms is unclear. The CDC, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) all said they were unable to provide such information.Doug Schultz, a spokesman for the MDH, said the department sent a flu-shot declination form to healthcare facilities last fall and plans to do a follow-up survey to find out how many used the form.The percentage of facilities that offer free shots “is probably something we need to get a handle on, because of the CDC recommendations and because we do want healthcare workers to get vaccinated,” Schultz said.Researchers have found that the leading reason healthcare workers refuse flu shots is fear of side effects, followed by inconvenience and perceived ineffectiveness of the vaccine, according to the CDC report.The report says that as of January 2005, 13 states had passed laws concerning flu immunization for staff members in long-term-care facilities. But the effects of the laws are not yet clear, because only one state, Pennsylvania, has monitored them, the agency says.Last October the federal government began requiring nursing homes that serve Medicare and Medicaid recipients to offer flu shots to all residents. But the rule did not require vaccination of staff members.CDC. Influenza vaccination of health-care personnel: recommendations of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices (HICPAC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). MMWR 2006 Feb 9 (early online release) [Full text]See also:Feb 9 CDC news releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/r060209.htmlast_img read more

Indian Premier League Hardik Pandya has become better cricketer after spending time away: Krunal Pandya

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya blasted 50 runs in the last three overs.Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Capitals for the first time after three games.Mumbai Indians are second in the points table behind Chennai Super Kings. New Delhi: Hardik Pandya’s career was in the crossroads at the start of the year. He had appeared on the show Koffee With Karan hosted by popular Bollywood director Karan Johar and his comments on the show were labeled ‘sexist’, ‘misogynistic’ and ‘racist’. Hardik was suspended for the Australia tour and an Ombudsman was appointed to look into Hardik’s comments. His suspension was lifted by the BCCI and a clean chit is expected from the Ombudsman. Hardik made a mark in the series in New Zealand but in the 2019 Indian Premier League, he has been in magnificent form. Hardik has chipped in with some crucial knocks at the end, including a blazing 25 against Chennai Super Kings and a crucial 32 off 15 balls against Delhi Capitals.The efforts by Hardik with both bat and ball in the game against Chennai Super Kings won him the Man of the Match award and he received yet another award for his game-changing 32 off 15 balls against Delhi Capitals. Speaking in the post-match press conference, Hardik’s brother Krunal Pandya heaped praise on his brother and said the time he spent away from the game helped him immensely. “When he was away from the game due to injury and the other reasons (controversy), he worked a lot on his fitness. We started playing the game together and one thing that I can say that cricket has always been his priority. Honestly, there are very few players who have a work ethic like him. His goal is always to improve and if you do that, you become consistent,” Krunal Pandya said.Krunal said that Hardik is adding a new dimension to his game every year and that he is also learning from him. “Earlier he used to smash spinners, now he is also doing the same to pacers. He worked on that area during the off time he got and he has gotten the desired results. What like I most about is never giving up attitude. Every year, he is adding something or the other to his game. In fact, I have also learned a lot from him,” Krunal said.The left-handed Krunal and Hardik blasted 50 runs in the final three overs against Delhi Capitals and the all-rounder acknowledged the assault was the key. “I guess while batting it was a very tricky wicket. When I went inside and when Hardik came in we were not aiming for 170, we thought 145 was a good total on this wicket. The way Hardik batted, it changed the momentum for us and we ended up with those extra runs. While bowling we knew how the wicket would behave and our bowlers knew to how to bowl on it,” Hardik said. highlightslast_img read more