Many health-care workers (HCWs)(e.g., physicians, nurses, emergency medical personnel, dental professionals and students, medical and nursing students, laboratory technicians, hospital volunteers, and administrative staff) are at risk for exposure to and possible transmission of vaccine-preventable diseases. The work setting is the place they are exposed and where they expose others. Vaccination of health care workers, in the work setting presents a unique opportunity to prevent their illness and prevent them from transmitting disease.
Understanding the principles of health care worker vaccination and implementing programs may, at times, be worlds apart. Health care worker rates for influenza vaccinations are about 30%-40%.
This page offers information on which vaccines are recommended for health care workers and presents some resources to implement an improved program.