Room to improve flu vaccine coverage among health care personnel
Jennifer P.Collins, M.D., FAAP and Larry K.Pickering, M.D., FIDSA, FAAP
MMWR in Review
Editor’s note:This article summarizes key points from two Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) reports published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). To subscribe to MMWR, visit www.cdc.gov/MMWR.
Black CA, et al. “Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Health Care Personnel – United
States, 2015-16 Influenza Season.” MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016;65(38):1026-1031, www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6538a2.htm.
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that all health
care personnel receive annual influenza vaccination to reduce influenza-related morbidity
in health care settings. The CDC has been conducting surveys of health care personnel
to monitor influenza vaccine coverage since the 2010-’11 season. The MMWR article summarizes results of the 2015-’16 season survey, which included 2,258 health
Overall, 79% of survey participants reported receiving an influenza vaccine during
the 2015-’16 season, which was similar to coverage in the 2014-’15 season (77%) but
higher than the 2010-’11 season (64%).
Health care personnel working in hospitals had higher coverage (91%) than those working
in ambulatory (80%) or long-term care settings (69%). When stratified by occupation,
coverage was highest among physicians (96%) and lowest among assistants and aides
The highest coverage occurred among health care personnel whose employer required
the vaccine (96%). Higher influenza immunization rates in health care providers resulted
from the following:
employer requirements for influenza vaccination,
access to influenza vaccination in the workplace and
Dr. Collins is a member of the AAP Section on Infectious Diseases.She isa post-graduate training fellow in pediatric infectious diseases at Emory University
School of Medicine in Atlanta. Dr. Pickering was editor of the AAP Red Book from 2000-’12. He is adjunct professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of