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Center for Biosecurity of UPMC Comments on HHS Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections

Amesh A. Adalja
Date posted:
December 10, 2010
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Biosecur Bioterror 2010;8(4):377-378

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
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The Center for Biosecurity of UPMC agrees with the general goals of the work group on influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel. We consider 100% vaccination an important and achievable goal. The low rate of influenza vaccination among healthcare personnel is a serious problem, especially, as the work group notes, since many influenza infections may be subclinical but still contagious.

As the work group highlights, a 62% rate of vaccination for seasonal influenza and a 37% rate for pandemic H1N1 influenza is substandard for healthcare personnel and places patients and other healthcare personnel at substantial risk for nosocomial infection. The ability to halt or prevent nosocomial outbreaks will rely on achieving a level of vaccination among healthcare personnel high enough to make vulnerable hosts scarce. As the work group notes, ample studies have demonstrated that higher vaccine induced immunity among healthcare personnel results in decreased incidence of nosocomial influenza.



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