CDC Releases Early Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Rates

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released information on early seasonal influenza vaccination rates. Researchers conducted an internet panel survey, and found that as of November 2011, nurses had a vaccination rate of 75.7%. This is 6% higher than the immunization rate of nurses in the entire 2009-2010 influenza season, and one of the highest influenza immunization rates ever for nurses. Overall, health care professionals surveyed had an immunization rate of health care personnel overall was 63.4%.

While there are noted limitations to the survey, including small sample size, this is an encouraging sign that nurses are heeding the call to be vaccinated to protect themselves and those they care for. There is work to be done to meet the national goal of 90% vaccination rate of health care professionals, but ANA is pleased to see nurses helping to meet that goal.

Read the survey and the evaluation of the data from CDC.