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The Grey Bruce Health Unit Releases Immunization Rates

Regional | by John Divinski  

Two area Hospitals saw over 80 percent of its staff members receive immunizations

The Grey Bruce Health Unit has the latest health care influenza immunization rates as of January 15th.

Average rates for healthcare workers ranged from 68% to 78% in health care facilities.

Staff immunization rates in regional hospitals varied from 50% to 82% per cent for an overall average of 68%, similar to the 67% average the year before.

Markdale hospital has bragging rights with 82% staff immunization followed by Southampton Hospital at 81%.

Owen Sound hospital came in at 67%.

Staff immunization rates in regional long-term care homes averaged 74% this year, up from 71% the year before.

Retirement homes immunization average 78%, up 4 percentage points from the last survey.

Public Health Manager at Grey Bruce Health Unit Denna Leach says there are health facility workers that decline the vaccinations and they're working at trying to improve the numbers by explaining what "the vaccine is and isn't."

Leach says the numbers aren't perfect, but states there is work to do and they have seen some progress.

Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause illness and death, particularly among vulnerable populations.

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