Get vaccinated! Stopping the flu starts with you!

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a survey that reveals an estimated 92% of hospital workers reported receiving a flu vaccine for the 2016-17 flu season, compared with 76% of ambulatory care workers and 68% of long term care workers.

The highest coverage rates are among workers whose health care employers require vaccinations. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends annual flu vaccination for all health care personnel to reduce flu-related illness and mortality in health care settings.

The Guide to Community Preventive Services recommends active promotion of on-site vaccination at no cost or low cost to increase vaccination coverage among health care workers.

Long term care workers have the lowest rates of influenza vaccination of health care workers. The CDC and the National Vaccine Program Office developed a Long Term Care web-based toolkit of resources, strategies, and educational materials for increasing influenza vaccination among health care workers in these settings.

South Dakota influenza information and resources can be found here.