The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, released Thursday, said seasonal influenza vaccination coverage for healthcare workers for the 2009-10 influenza season was 62 percent -- higher than any other season -- but all those working with patients should be vaccinated annually for influenza.
The survey of 1,417 healthcare personnel, conducted in January, also indicated the vaccination coverage rate for influenza A H1N1 2009 for the 2009-10 influenza season was 37 percent, the report said.
Influenza vaccination rates increased up to eightfold for healthcare workers in facilities with occupational requirements for vaccination, the report said.
A separate report, published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, indicated that by the end of January, just less than one-quarter of the U.S. population had been vaccinated against H1N1, with more than one-third of all U.S. children and nearly one-fifth of U.S. adults receiving the H1N1 vaccine.
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