Only 54% of surveyed healthcare workers at nursing homes are vaccinated against influenza, according to a survey of 1,965 employees at 37 nursing facilities in Florida, Georgia and Wisconsin. The study was conducted by researchers from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.
The cumulative staff vaccination rate was 53.9%. By individual nursing home, the staff vaccination rate varied from 15% to 97%. By state, Florida has the lowest rate of 36.4%, while the rates in Georgia and Wisconsin were 58.5% and 73.4%, respectively. Older employees were more likely to receive the vaccine. Black employees and employees in Florida had lower vaccination rates. Offering incentives increased the probability of receiving the vaccine by 12.3 percentage points.