The Flu and You

Health Care Worker (HCW) Flu Vaccination and You
About 200,000 persons will be hospitalized for health conditions caused by the flu, and between 3,000 and 49,000 people will die from these conditions each year in the United States1-3. Seniors are at especially high risk for severe illness and death related to the flu1-5 and persons in long term care facilities are at high risk for severe respiratory illnesses due to the flu6-14.

What Are Maryland Health Care Facilities Doing to Protect Patients? 
Health care worker (HCW) vaccination is a very good way to slow down or prevent the spread of the flu in health care settings10-12, 15, including long-term care settings.  The research on this topic supports the idea that increasing health care worker vaccination reduces flu-like sickness 16, 18, 19 and death16-19

Maryland hospitals lead the way in health care worker vaccination rates, followed by Maryland nursing homes and then Maryland assisted living facilities. Hospitals have higher HCW flu vaccination percentages because nearly all hospitals in the state of Maryland have rules requiring HCW vaccination. Maryland assisted living facilities have the lowest HCW vaccination percentage although that percentage is higher than the national average. We at MHCC continue to work with these facilities to improve HCW vaccination.

How Can LTC Facilities Improve Their HCW Vaccination Rates?

What Can I Do To Protect Myself Or My Loved One?

Who's Keeping An Eye On The Situation?