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Revised SHEA Position Paper: Influenza Vaccination of Healthcare Personnel

  • Thomas R. Talbot (a1), Hilary Babcock (a2), Arthur L. Caplan (a3), Deborah Cotton (a4) (a5) (a6), Lisa L. Maragakis (a7), Gregory A. Poland (a8) (a6), Edward J. Septimus (a9) (a10), Michael L. Tapper (a11) and David J. Weber (a12)...

Executive Summary

This document serves as an update and companion piece to the 2005 Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Position Paper entitled “Influenza Vaccination of Healthcare Workers and Vaccine Allocation for Healthcare Workers During Vaccine Shortages.” In large part, the discussion about the rationale for influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel (HCP), the strategies designed to improve influenza vaccination rates in this population, and the recommendations made in the 2005 paper still stand. This position paper notes new evidence released since publication of the 2005 paper and strengthens SHEA's position on the importance of influenza vaccination of HCP. This document does not discuss vaccine allocation during times of vaccine shortage, because the 2005 SHEA Position Paper still serves as the Society's official statement on that issue.

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