Improvement Needed in Vaccination of Healthcare Personnel Providing LTC Services

Posted on January 05, 2018

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has developed a summary of a January 2017 survey on the policies, procedures and barriers to vaccination of healthcare personnel (HCP) in long-term-care facilities (LTCFs). Slightly more than a quarter of the facilities that received the survey completed it, and a majority of those had no vaccine requirements for their employees. As of Dec. 26, 17 influenza outbreaks in LTCFs and assisted living facilities had been reported to the MDHHS during the 2017-2018 flu season.

Hospitals that provide long-term-care services are encouraged to take the following steps to improve vaccination of HCP in their LTCFs to protect patients, their families and the facilities’ employees.

For more information on vaccination of HCP, contact Jackie Chandler, MS, at the MDHHS Division of Immunization or Rob Wood at the MHA

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Tags: HCP, vaccination

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