Study shows John Hopkins’ vaccination rates twice the national average

By: February 18th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

A new study published in the February issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology shows that John Hopkins achieved a 2008-2009 seasonal flu vaccination rate of 71.3%, nearly double the national average.

Taking an opposite stance to required flu shots, John Hopkins offered flu vaccines to staff members that were, “free, convenient, ubiquitous and hard to ignore,” according to a press release. However, the hospital did institute a policy that required staff members to wear face masks if they did not get vaccinated. Researchers also noted the wider availability of free community-based vaccination opportunities.

The compliance rate for workers that came into direct contact with patients on a daily basis was 82.8%, moving closer to a state of “herd” immunity. The survey showed that more than a quarter of the staff was vaccinated outside the hospital.

“It was promising to learn that so many staff were getting vaccinated elsewhere, as opposed to what we had been thinking, which was that they were not getting vaccinated at all,” Edward Bernacki, M.D., M.P.H., senior study investigator and director of occupational health, safety and environment at Johns Hopkins, said in the press release.


My company also took a positive approach to vaccination of our employees. We have also expanded that vaccination to include a “friends and families” approach. If the healthcare provider for an employee’s family member suggests they get vaccinated, the family member can bring a note to one of our of offices and receive their flu shot. This has helped to keep the family members healthy and allow our employees to come to work rather than stay at home caring for a sick child or spouse. Our attendance is up and our vaccination rate this year is up to almost 85% with H1N1 vaccinations for employees at about 93%. We intend to continue this approach next year.


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