Given the nation’s antivaccine movement and the annual safety myths and efficacy quibbles about the seasonal influenza vaccine, public health officials are keeping it simple this year: A flu shot can keep you out of the hospital and the morgue.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of the nine-valent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in women and men ages 27-45. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is scheduled to review further information at its February 2019 meeting, with a potential vote at that time. Insurance reimbursement often is based on ACIP guidance.
150-hospital system well short of 90% rate by 2020
December 18, 2015
With a new study finding that virtually none of the nation’s 150 Veterans Health Administration hospitals have mandatory flu shot policies for healthcare workers — leaving vaccination rates languishing in the 55% range — the VA system is considering a vaccine mandate to protect patients and coworkers, Hospital Infection Control & Prevention has learned.