Infection control group announces support to vaccinate health care workers

In response to the low rates of influenza immunization among healthcare personnel, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today announced its support for requiring flu immunization for healthcare workers who have direct patient contact as well as ancillary staff. APIC further recommended that healthcare facilities obtain informed statements acknowledging the risk to patients from employees who decline the vaccine for reasons other than medical.

According to the APIC news release , the recommendations are published in the APIC position paper, Influenza Immunization of Healthcare Personnel . APIC states that healthcare facilities should implement a comprehensive strategy incorporating all of the guidelines for influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

(SOURCES: Advisory Board Daily Briefing , http://advisory.com , October 13, 2008, 2004; APIC Press Release, October 8, 2008 and APIC website review , http://apic.org , accessed October 14, 2008)