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ACP Calls for Flu Shot for All Health Workers

Source: MedPage Today

By: Neale, Todd

01/15/2013

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is recommending that all healthcare providers receive the seasonal flu vaccine amid an increase in infection rates. Over 128 million of the 135 million doses of flu vaccine manufactured this year have been distributed, according to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg. Spot shortages have occurred as interest in immunization rises along with the number of flu cases. The percentage of healthcare providers immunized against influenza rose to 67 percent last season from 63 percent and 64 percent during the prior two seasons. ACP also recommends that healthcare providers receive the diphtheria, hepatitis B, MMR, pertussis, and varicella vaccines in accordance with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice’s adult immunization schedule. ACP President Dr. David Bronson says, “Proper immunization safely and effectively prevents a significant number of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths among patients as well as preventing workplace disruption and medical errors by absent workers due to illness.”



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