Mandatory flu shots work for award-winning PA hospital

By: May 27th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP) received the Healthcare Personnel Campaign award for immunization excellence by the National Influenza Vaccine Summit (NIVS).

The awards presented during the NIVS Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona, May 18, recognized “the value and extraordinary contributions of individuals and organizations towards improved adult, and/or childhood influenza vaccination rates within their communities during the 2009-2010 influenza season,” according to a NIVS news release.

CHOP raised the influenza vaccination rate among targeted staff from 91% for the previous year to 99.6% when it instituted a mandatory flu shot policy for the 2009-2010 influenza season. Engaging staff through education, collaboration, and data sharing and emphasizing patient safety over optional self-protection was the key to success, according to CHOP.

Some of the tactics that CHOP, a large healthcare system with an in-patient campus and more than 40 ambulatory sites used included:

  • Outreach targeted to areas where vaccination rates were low in past years
  • Peer-to-peer engagement
  • Web-based education
  • Use of a multi-disciplinary flu planning committee
  • A kick-off-event that vaccinated more than 1,000 employees in four hours
  • Weekly reports to managers and administrative leaders

Honorable mention in the Healthcare Personnel Campaign went to University of Texas (UT) M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, which also saw increased rates after instituting a mandatory vaccination policy.

If your healthcare facility is considering instituting or amending a mandatory flu shot policy, check out the HCPro webcast below.

Navigating the sticky issues around mandatory flu shots
Seasonal and H1N1 influenza have prompted many healthcare facilities to consider mandatory influenza immunization for employees. The reaction from employees has been unmistakably vocal, as issues of patient safety and workers’ rights clash. Join HCPro for Mandatory Influenza Vaccinations: Get Healthcare Staff Onboard at Your Facility on Wednesday, July 14, at 1 p.m. (Eastern) for a 90-minute webcast that will provide you with the medical and legal perspectives for developing a mandatory influenza immunization policy.


By judy hemingson on May 27th, 2010 at 10:24 am

How do other hospitals in the USA get
acknowledged for their commendable
efforts in raising influenza
compliance with staff?

By David LaHoda on May 27th, 2010 at 10:33 am

Feel free to name them in this space, especially if you can provide a statistic or two, or key reasons for success.

By cynthia hunt on May 27th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

We raised out influenza vaccination rate from 52% in 2008 to 92.7% in 2009. We offered the vaccination 24/7, gave gift certifactes to the nurses that gave the most shots and had drawings for prizes for everyone that got their vaccination. Plus a lot of education was also given. This happened at Cumberland Hall Hospital in Hopkinsville, Ky.

I must say that while the increase in flu vaccination rates is admirable, it is not something to be rewarded for when it is accomplished thru methods such as mandatory vaccination. There is no acceptable reasoning for this type of violations of employees rights. Since the seasonal flu shot is a gamble that the “recipe” will be correct for that year and there is no hard evidence that the H1N1 shot actually made any impact on the progression of the disease, mandatory vaccinations are improper. Recognition should be reserved for those hospitals who accomplished an increase in vaccination rates without violating employee rights, such as is indicated by the response from Cumberland Hall Hospital.

By Bruce Cunha on June 1st, 2010 at 8:20 pm


What about the employers rights? And the patients rights? OSHA is currently proposing a encompassing infection control regulation for health care. Yet because of the OSHA bloodborn pathogen stadard stating employers cannot mandate that employees get the Hepatits B vaccination, we still have healthcare employees developing Hepatis B. OSHA wants to invade your privacy more by requiring healthcare facilities to monitor your healt conditions so they can assess if it was caused by work. I consider that more of an invasion of your rights.

I understand your issues with the reliability of the influenza vaccine, but CDC still says the vaccination is the best way to prevent disease.

I totally agree with Bryan… The hospital received an award for forcing their employees to get vaccinated. They threatened every emoloyees job that worked in patient care buildings even if you did no work directly with patients to get vaccinated. You were even forced if you didn’t work in a patient care building but you were classified as a health care worker. CHOP are slave driving bullies. And they are going around bragging about this award.. CHOP SORRY YA DON’T DESERVE IT!!

This is what healthcare has come to, making more money for the pharm. co. and the pockets of the higher administration. Yes, brag about how you threaten the staff by employment termination. The CDC is in the back pocket of the pharmaceutical companies as well.



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