Are More Hospitals Requiring Flu Shots for Health Care Workers?

Bottom Line: A national survey study suggests the proportion of hospitals, both Veterans Affairs (VA) and non-VA hospitals, requiring flu shots for health care workers grew from 37.1 percent in 2013 to 61.4 percent in 2017, although the increase was driven primarily by non-VA hospitals and overall many hospitals still lack such a mandate.

Why The Research Is Interesting: Annual flu shots are recommended for all health care workers to limit its spread.

Authors: M. Todd Greene, Ph.D., M.P.H., of the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System and the University of Michigan Medical School,  Ann Arbor, Michigan, and coauthors

Related Material: The editorial, “Continuing to Move the Needle on Health Care Personnel Influenza Vaccination Rates,” by Hilary M. Babcock, M.D., M.P.H., of the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, also is available on the For The Media website.

To Learn More: The full study is available on the For The Media website.

(doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.0143)