Hospitals Increasingly Requiring Influenza Vaccine for Staff

By on 11:26 AM

A new study reveals a significant surge in the number of hospitals requiring healthcare personnel (HCP) to receive influenza vaccines.

The study, published in JAMA Network Open, examined more than 1,000 survey responses from infection preventionists at Veterans Affairs (VA) and non-VA hospitals between 2013 and 2017.

During this time, required influenza vaccinations among HCP rose from 37.1% to 61.4%, driven by increases at non-VA hospitals.

The study authors note that while mandating influenza vaccinations leads to increased HCP vaccination coverage, other strategies, such as education, free and easily accessible vaccinations, campaigns and data sharing, can also help encourage greater vaccination.

It is important to note that this study concluded prior to a September 2017 directive stating that that all VA HCP were expected to receive the annual influenza vaccination. Those HCP unwilling or unable to do so are required to wear masks throughout the influenza season.


Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS). Phenelle has more than 30 years' experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes and other organizations with implementing and maintaining an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission, AAAHC, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies; respond to situations of noncompliance; and improve the processes for reducing risk.