With flu season just around the corner, vaccinations are top-of-mind for many people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals should get the flu vaccine each year and stay current on all other immunizations.
This particularly applies to people who are in high-risk populations and occupations such as healthcare. Doctors, nurses, hospital techs, and others in the medical industry have contact with patients that are ill, increasing their risk for flu and other vaccine-preventable diseases. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports mandatory influenza immunization for all healthcare personnel (HCP), citing their effectiveness — 75% of all HCP are vaccinated compared to 96% of HCP in institutions with mandatory programs.
Here’s what healthcare workers should know about vaccination requirements and how ARCpoint Occupational Solutions can help.
Flu Shots & Immunization for Healthcare Workers: Why It’s Key
Lowering Transmission of Diseases
Maintaining immunizations helps prevent the spread of diseases. Healthcare workers with updated vaccinations have a lower risk of getting the flu, chicken pox, measles, and other illnesses. This means they are less likely to become infectious and spread the diseases to others, including their patients, family members, friends, and others they come into contact with in their communities.
Since healthcare workers come into contact with individuals who have compromised immune systems and who can even potentially die due to flu exposure, preventing disease exposure is crucial.
Lowering Absenteeism & Presenteeism
When healthcare workers are less likely to get sick, the amount of sick days they take is also lowered. Vaccination also prevents doctors and nurses from coming into work when they are ill (presenteeism), which again lowers patient risk.
According to a recent study, 83% of healthcare professionals have admitted to working when sick at least once in the past year, with symptoms ranging from fever, diarrhea, and respiratory issues like those experienced in the flu. The CDC reports that more than 721,000 healthcare-associated infections occur each year in the US, with 75,000 of these resulting in fatality. Clearly, presenteeism is not an unfounded concern, and since vaccination can help prevent it, it is a must for healthcare workers.
AOS: Providing Vaccinations & Titers Testing
If you’re a healthcare organization that wants to best protect your workforce, your patients, and your community, ARCpoint Occupational Solutions can help.
Our nationwide network of sites provide immunizations that healthcare workers need, including:
- The flu shot
- MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
- TDap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)
- Hepatitis A & B
Our vaccination services make it easy and convenient for your workers to get protected quickly. We also offer titers testing to gauge immunity to certain vaccine-preventable diseases and identify gaps in immunizations. This may be necessary if you require your healthcare team to be immunized.
For more information on how AOS can best serve you this flu season, contact us today at (866) 642-TEST (8378) or fill out our questionnaire.