October 8, 2012


Flu By  

Rich Umbdenstock, AHA President and CEO

About 77% of hospital workers report that they received a flu vaccine last year, up from 71% the year before, according to a survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's great, but it's not the whole story. More than 95% who work in hospitals that require staff to receive the flu vaccine were covered, versus just over the 68% who work in hospitals that don't. Last year's flu season was relatively mild; we can't count on that happening again. To protect the lives and welfare of patients and hospital employees, the AHA Board of Trustees last year approved a policy supporting hospital policies that require either flu vaccination or wearing a mask in the presence of patients during flu season. It is time for all hospitals to achieve vaccination rates of 95% or better. Let me know how AHA can help you get there.

Thanks,
Rich

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