Influenza vaccine challenge of 96 percent met by 46 Oklahoma hospitals

Posted on: 8/12/15


The OHA Council on Quality and Patient Safety has challenged OHA member hospitals to achieve high employee influenza vaccination rates for the past four years. Because responding hospitals cumulatively achieved a 96.2 percent vaccination rate during the 2013-2014 influenza season, the goal for the 2014-2015 influenza season was set at 96 percent. While 46 of the 94 respondents did achieve a 96 percent or greater vaccination rate, we fell short of our cumulative statewide rate. This year the cumulative rate was 93.3 percent.

“Influenza is associated with 36,000 deaths per year and the risk of complications from influenza is higher among the types of people who are admitted to our hospitals,” said LaWanna Halstead, vice president of quality and clinical initiatives, OHA. “These hospitals have worked hard to ensure their patients are protected and a number are joining a trend of hospitals nationwide in instituting mandatory vaccination policies.”

Hospitalized patients are particularly vulnerable to the dangers of influenza because their immune systems are often compromised by the illness that caused their admission or by the treatments they are undergoing. Vaccination of health care workers (HCWs) has been shown to prevent illness and death in patients and reduce influenza and absenteeism among HCWs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended annual vaccination of HCWs since 1984.

Several key national professional organizations have endorsed mandatory policies for influenza vaccination as a condition of employment within health care facilities, including the American Hospital Association. In 2011, the Oklahoma Hospital Association board of trustees developed a position statement urging mandatory influenza policies.

Hospitals meeting the 96 percent challenge are:

Arbuckle Memorial Hospital, Sulphur
Bailey Medical Center, Owasso
Blackwell Regional Hospital
Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, Ada
Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Lawton
Duncan Regional Hospital
Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center, Poteau
Grady Memorial Hospital, Chickasha
Hillcrest Hospital Cushing
Hillcrest Hospital Henryetta
Hillcrest Hospital South, Tulsa
Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa
INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City
INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami
INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center, Enid
INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital, Yukon
INTEGRIS Cancer Institute, Oklahoma City
INTEGRIS Grove Hospital
INTEGRIS Health Edmond
INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, Oklahoma City
Jackson County Memorial Hospital, Altus
Lakeside Women’s Hospital, Oklahoma City
Lindsay Municipal Hospital
Marshall County Medical Center, Madill
McAlester Regional Health Center
Memorial Hospital & Physician Group, Frederick
Mercy Hospital Ada
Mercy Hospital Ardmore
Mercy Hospital Logan County, Guthrie
Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City
Mercy Hospital Watonga
Okeene Municipal Hospital
Oklahoma Center for Orthopaedic and Multi-Specialty Hospital, Oklahoma City
Oklahoma Heart Institute, Tulsa
Pauls Valley General Hospital
Physicians Hospital in Anadarko
Purcell Municipal Hospital
Seminole Medical Center
Sequoyah Memorial Hospital & Home Care, Sallisaw
St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City
St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital
St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Enid
Stillwater Medical Center
Wagoner Community Hospital
Weatherford Regional Hospital
WW Hastings Indian Hospital, Tahlequah

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