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Health Care Personnel Flu Vaccination Rates Published

The California Department of Public Health has released the attached report on influenza vaccination rates among health care personnel. The data reflect the 2016-17 influenza season and show that, overall, California hospitals reached 83 percent vaccination – a steady increase since 2010. The highest vaccination rates are among employees paid by the hospital (average 87 percent), while the lowest are among licensed independent practitioners (average 67 percent); this category includes physicians, advance practice nurses and physician assistants. The department will follow up with hospitals that had a large increase, defined as over 20 percent, in vaccination compared to last season, as well as hospitals with over 90 percent vaccination rates, to identify best practices that could be applied statewide.