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Health Care Personnel Influenza Vaccination Rate Continues to Climb at California Hospitals

According to an annual report from the California Department of Public Health, the overall vaccination rate among health care personnel in California hospitals increased from 72 percent in 2012-13 to 84 percent in 2017-18, meaning that California is well on its way to reaching the goal of 90 percent vaccination coverage among hospital personnel by 2020. 

To be considered on track to meet that goal, vaccination coverage for 2017-18  should be at least 84 percent. Statewide, vaccination must increase by 3 percent over the next two influenza seasons to achieve the 2020 goal. As of this year, 218 hospitals (54 percent) are on track to achieve the 2020 goal; these include 125 hospitals that have already achieved the goal.  

CDPH, in collaboration with local public health agencies, will follow up with hospitals with vaccination rates higher than 90 percent across all health care personnel groups to identify and share best practices.

CDPH also updated its flu map to indicate whether each hospital’s vaccination rate is above or below 84 percent, the current target to be on track to reach the 2020 90 percent vaccination goal. The detailed data tables used to produce the report and map will be posted on the California Health and Human Services Open Data Portal under “Healthcare.”

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