An estimated 77 percent of hospital workers report receiving a flu vaccine for the 2011-12 flu season, up from 71 percent in 2010-11, according to a survey released Sept. 28 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That includes 87 percent of hospital physicians, 78 percent of hospital nurses, and 76 percent of other hospital personnel.
Coverage for health care workers in all settings was 67 percent, up from 64 percent in 2010-11. Hospitals achieved a higher vaccination rate than physician offices (68 percent) and long-term care facilities (52 percent).
Coverage was 95 percent among workers in hospitals requiring vaccination, compared with 68 percent in those that did not.