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Why Health Care Workers Should Be Vaccinated

Why Healthcare workers should have all their vaccinations.

Because of their contact with patients or infective material from patients, many healthcare workers (HCWs) (e.g., physicians, nurses, emergency medical personnel, dental professionals and students, medical and nursing students, laboratory technicians, hospital volunteers, and administrative staff) are at risk for exposure to and possible transmission of vaccine-preventable diseases. Maintenance of immunity is therefore an essential part of prevention for HCWs.

Healthcare Personnel Vaccination Recommendations

Vaccine Recommendations in Brief
Hepatitis B Give 3-dose series (dose #1 now, #2 in 1 months, #3 approximately 5 months after #2). Give IM. Obtain anti-HBs serologic testing 1-2 months after dose #3
Influenza Give 1 dose of influenza vaccine annually. Give inactivated injectable influenza vaccine intramuscularly or live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) intranasal.
MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) For healthcare personnel (HCP) born in 1957 or later without serologic evidence of immunity or prior vaccination, give 2 doses of MMR, 4 weeks apart. For HCP born prior to 1957 generally is considered acceptable evidence of measles, mump and rubella immunity, healthcare facilities should consider recommending 2 dose of MMR vaccine to unvaccinated HCP born before 1957.
Varicella (Chicken Pox) For HCP who have no serologic proof of immunity, prior vaccination, or history of varicella disease, give 2 doses of Varicella vaccine, 4 weeks apart. Give SC.
Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis Give a one-time dose of Tdap as soon as feasible to all HCP who have not received Tdap previously. Give Td boosters every 10 years thereafter. Give IM
Meningococcal Give 1 dose to microbiologists who are routinely exposed to isolates of N. meningitides. Give IM or SC.

Hepatitis A, typhoid and polio vaccines are not routinely recommended for Healthcare Personnel who may have on the job exposure to fecal material.

As a Healthcare Professional, are you protected? For more information on immunizations visit www.immunize.org or www.vaccineinformation.org also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/hcw.html.