MMWR Summary for September 29, 2017

By Newsroom America Feeds at 28 Sep 2017

*Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Health Care Personnel United States, 201617 Influenza Season*

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*Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Pregnant Women United States, 201617 Influenza Season*

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*Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Health Care Personnel United States, 201617 Influenza Season*

"CDC and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) recommend that all U.S. health care workers get vaccinated annually against influenza." CDC recommends that all health care personnel (HCP) receive an annual flu vaccination to reduce flu-related morbidity and mortality among HCP and their patients. We analyzed data from an internet panel survey to measure what proportion of HCP received the flu vaccine during the 2016-17 flu season. Based on the data:

* 79 percent of survey respondents reported receiving vaccination, which is similar coverage during the past three flu seasons. * Vaccination coverage continued to be higher among HCP working in hospitals (92 percent) and lower among HCP working in ambulatory (76 percent) and long-term care settings (68 percent). * As in previous seasons, coverage was highest among HCP who were required by their employer to be vaccinated (97 percent) and lowest among HCP working in settings where vaccination was not required, promoted, or offered onsite (46 percent).

*Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Pregnant Women United States, 201617 Influenza Season*

"CDC recommends that pregnant women get a flu shot during any trimester of their pregnancy to protect themselves and their newborn babies from flu." Pregnant women are at risk for severe flu-associated illness and, since 2004, CDC has recommended flu vaccination for all women who are or will be pregnant during the flu season. We analyzed data from an internet panel survey to measure what proportion of pregnant women received the flu vaccine during the 2016-17 flu season. Based on the data:

* 54 percent of pregnant women reported being vaccinated before (16 percent) or during (37 percent) pregnancy, which is similar to coverage during the past four flu seasons. * 67 percent of women reported receiving a provider offer for influenza vaccination, 12 percent received a recommendation but no offer, and 21 percent received no recommendation; among these women, influenza vaccination coverage was 71 percent, 44 percent, and 15 percent, respectively.

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