Importance of Employee Vaccination Against Influenza in Preventing Cases in Long-Term Care Facilities
October 1, 2011
This study analyzes the correlation between influenza outbreaks in long-term care facilities and the rate at which direct care workers are vaccinated against the flu. The report finds that a worker vaccination rate of up to 75% effectively reduces the incidence of flu outbreaks in long-term care facilities, with a plateau effect beyond that percentage. The authors used survey data from New Mexico’s 75 skilled nursing facilities.