Influenza vaccination of health care personnel: 2016–2017 season

Health care personnel who receive the influenza vaccine can protect themselves, patients, visitors, and other health care workers by preventing the spread of influenza. Patients are at risk of influenza when they are in close contact with staff who are infected with influenza virus.

UI Hospitals and Clinics health care personnel influenza vaccination rates are publicly reported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This measure includes all employees, licensed independent practitioners, students, and volunteers who worked in the hospital at least one day from October 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017. This measure has only a few exclusion criteria, which include allergy to eggs or another component of the vaccine or history of Guillain-Barre syndrome within 6 weeks of a prior influenza vaccination.

For influenza season 2016–2017, UI Hospitals and Clinics reported an overall vaccination compliance rate of 85 percent (employees/LIPs = 86 percent; students/volunteers = 82 percent). Nationally, the median rate for influenza vaccination is 85 percent while the top quartile is 95 percent.

For the upcoming influenza season (2017–2018), we have established a vaccination compliance target of 90 percent. To achieve that, our messaging will emphasize the need for vaccination (that is, declining will not be considered as being compliant), and we will increase engagement with our professional schools and Volunteer Services to increase compliance.

Questions? Contact Jennifer McDanel at jennifer-mcdanel@uiowa.edu.

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