Here’s What Healthcare Workers NEED to Know About Vaccination

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges everyone to get the flu vaccine annually and to stay up-to-date on all other vaccinations. Individuals in high-risk occupations such as those in healthcare demand extra attention. Because nurses and doctors have constant contact with ill patients, they’re at greater risk of getting the flu and other diseases themselves.

Here’s why healthcare workers need to be so concerned about their vaccination status, and what exactly they must do to maintain it.

Why Vaccination in Healthcare?

Reduced Disease Transmission

When healthcare workers maintain their vaccinations, they lower their risk of catching diseases like the flu, measles, chicken pox, and more. The healthcare workers themselves are less likely to get infectious. Since the diseases have one less person to infect, they have a harder time spreading to others: not only to patients, but to their families or other members of the community.

Reduced Absenteeism

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With reduced risk of infection, absenteeism and sick days among healthcare professionals can drop thanks to vaccination. Since these individuals perform a vital function, the less they are absent from work, the better!

Recommended Vaccination Schedule

The CDC recommends the following vaccinations to healthcare workers that work directly with patients or may come into contact with materials that can spread infection.

Hepatitis B

If healthcare workers don’t have documented evidence of the complete Hepatitis B vaccine series, or if you lack a titersblood test that shows you are at the desired levels of immunity, then you need to get the 3-dose hepatitis B series.

Influenza

Like the general population, healthcare workers should get the flu shot annually.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

Adults born after 1957 who haven’t received the MMR vaccine (or without a titers test to prove immunity), you need 2 doses of the MMR vaccine.

Varicella (Chickenpox)

Healthcare workers who have never had chickenpox, the chickenpox vaccine, or a titers test showing immunity should receive 2 doses of the varicella vaccine 4 weeks apart.

Tetatus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)

If you have never previously received a Tdap shot, you should receive a one-time dose ASAP — even if you recently had a Td shot. Healthcare workers should receive Td boosters every 10 years, while pregnant healthcare workers need to have a Tdap shot in each pregnancy.

On-Site Titers Testing & Vaccinations in Kansas City

If you are a healthcare worker or organization in Kansas City, contact ARCpoint Labs of Overland Park for accurate titers testing and on-site vaccination. We can verify your immunity to MMR, varicella, mononucleosis, and hepatitis B, plus provide the flu, Tdap, and MMR shots.

To learn more about our services, call (913) 815-0988 today.

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