MHA strongly supports the goals of having a healthy workforce, which includes providing the necessary immunizations to ensure that our staff and our patients are protected.
We strongly support mandatory flu vaccination for all healthcare providers. Healthcare providers are the front-line stewards of public health and we believe that our commitment to safe patient care should carry the day in convincing staff to obtain the flu shot.
In addition, we commend the MA Department of Public Health for continuing to advance this important goal - to reach a goal of immunizing at least 90% of a healthcare facility's workforce against influenza. It is important that healthcare providers continue to learn from others, to find common solutions and best practices that can work in other healthcare facilities.
We encourage providers to review the following resources to promote vaccination of their healthcare workers:
CDC's Vaccine and Immunization Web Site has many resources and is continually being updated. Below are a few of the resources available.
- Only injectable flu shots are recommended this season
- Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses
- There will be some new vaccines on the market this season
- The recommendations for vaccination of people with egg allergies have changed
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends routine vaccination to prevent 17 vaccine-preventable diseases that occur in infants, children, adolescents, or adults. This report provides information for clinicians and other health care providers about concerns that commonly arise when vaccinating persons of various ages. Providers and patients must navigate numerous issues, such as the timing of each dose, screening for contraindications and precautions, the number of vaccines to be administered, the educational needs of patients and parents, and interpreting and
responding to adverse events. Vaccination providers help patients understand the substantial body of (occasionally conflicting) information about vaccination.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit (referred to throughout this document as “the toolkit”) brings together best practices from Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations*, product information from vaccine manufacturers, and scientific studies. Implementing these best practices and recommendations will help protect your patients, safeguard your vaccine supply, and avoid the unnecessary costs of re-vaccination and replacing expensive vaccines.
Resources & Links Surrounding:
- Immunization & Vaccines (General info)
- Vaccine Storage & Handling
- Vaccine Administration