Are you a healthcare worker? This video uses humor and facts to show why you need to get vaccinated to protect yourself and your patients.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), unvaccinated healthcare workers can be a key cause of outbreaks in healthcare settings.
The CDC recommends that healthcare workers (including office staff) get vaccinated for:
Mumps, Measles, Rubella (MMR)
Tetanus, diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap)
Who is a healthcare worker?
A healthcare worker is anyoneworking in a long-term care facility, child care center, medical and/or dental office, or any setting that serves people who are immunocompromised due to illness or age.
This includes direct care staff, as well as people whose jobs may put them into close contact with patients, such as housekepers, maintenance staff, lab technicians, food service staff, office staff and volunteers.
Increasing immunization rates for healthcare workers is a national priority and a goal of Healthy People 2020. Clark County Public Health is working with local healthcare providers and administrators to increase immunization rates for all vaccine-preventable diseases by implementing best practice strategies.
Both measles and pertussis are on the rise. According to the CDC, in 2010, California saw 9,477 cases of pertussis, including ten infant deaths. In addition, during the first 19 weeks of 2011, 118 cases of measles were reported, the highest number reported for this period since 1996.
Washington State has the highest rate of childhood immunization exemptions in the country, according to a 2011 report by the CDC.