Washington state hospitals lead in worker flu immunizations

By: November 16th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

With 94 of Washington state’s 98 hospitals having adopted policies requiring workers to get immunized for influenza, it appears that the state is leading all other states in efforts to protect patients from the flu.

The immunization policies of Washington hospitals will cover 99% of inpatient hospital beds in the state, according to a November 9 Washington State Hospital Association news release.

Policies require “workers to either get immunized against the flu or take another patient protective action as determined by the hospital’s infection control program,” according to the news release.


I have tried to obtain the support of my administration in having a policy at our institution to mandate Flu immunizations for HCW’s, but to know avail. They believe with creative approaches I should increase our rate of compliance. I have tried over the past several years to do this and achieved our highest rate in 2009 with only 65% which I was too happy with but it was an increase from 58% in 2008.
My question is do you have any suggestions in what I could try next or some helpful info to present to our administration? I truly beleive that mandating immunization is the best route to go.

Gail- since even HHS left us hanging with yet another toolkit (that after 19 years as an IP may not be that helpful)- do they at least have to sign a declination and give reasons for refusal?


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