Memo

Improving Flu Vaccinations Among Health Care Personnel
CHA, the state and health care providers join forces to boost vaccination rates

Highlighting the importance of flu vaccinations in reducing the risks of illness and infections among patients, CHA and state public health officials have joined with other health care providers to urge all health care workers to get their annual flu shots.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), CHA, California Association of Health Facilities, California Medical Association, California Association of Physician Groups, and Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) California APIC Coordinating Council issued the attached memorandum today challenging all health care facilities in California to increase flu vaccination rates among health care workers.  The memorandum is being distributed to all hospitals, nursing homes and physician groups as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 4-10).

In addition, CDPH released its annual report this week on vaccination rates among health care employees across the state.  The report finds the employee vaccination rate has increased slightly from 62.6 percent in the 2009-10 flu season to 64.3 percent in 2010-11 for reporting hospitals.  The report also shows that hospital reporting compliance grew to 98 percent in the 2010-11 flu season from 80.9 percent in the 2009-10 season.  The report is available at www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/hai/Documents/CDPH2010-11HCPInfluenzaVaccinationReport.pdf.

If you have any questions, please contact me at (916) 552-7537 or drogers@calhospital.org.

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