Influenza vaccine challenge of 96 percent met by 49 Oklahoma hospitals

Posted on: 8/3/16

The OHA Council on Quality and Patient Safety has challenged OHA member hospitals to achieve high employee influenza vaccination rates for the past five years. The goal for the 2015-2016 influenza season was set at 96 percent. While 49 of the 103 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 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 personnel (HCPs) has been shown to prevent illness and death in patients and reduce influenza and absenteeism among HCPs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended annual vaccination of HCPs 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:

AllianceHealth Blackwell
AllianceHealth Seminole
Arbuckle Memorial Hospital, Sulphur
Bailey Medical Center, Owasso
Cherokee Nation W. W. Hastings Hospital, Tahlequah
Choctaw Memorial Hospital, Hugo
Cordell Memorial Hospital
Duncan Regional Hospital
Elkview General Hospital, Hobart
Epic Medical Center, Eufaula
Fairview Regional Medical Center
Grady Memorial Hospital, Chickasha
Great Plains Regional Medical Center, Elk City
Hillcrest Hospital Henryetta
Hillcrest Hospital South, Tulsa
Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa
INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City
INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center, Enid
INTEGRIS Bass Pavilion, Enid
INTEGRIS Miami Hospital
INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, Oklahoma City
Jackson County Memorial Hospital, Altus
Jane Phillips Medical Center, Bartlesville
Lakeside Women’s Hospital, Oklahoma City
McAlester Regional Health Center
Mercy Health Love County, Marietta
Mercy Hospital Ardmore
Mercy Hospital Healdton
Mercy Hospital Logan County, Guthrie
Mercy Hospital Tishomingo
Mercy Hospital Watonga
Newman Memorial Hospital, Shattuck
Norman Regional Health System (Porter campus)
Norman Regional HealthPlex
Okeene Municipal Hospital
Oklahoma Center for Orthopaedic & Multi-Specialty Hospital, Oklahoma City
Physicians Hospital in Anadarko
Purcell Municipal Hospital
Seiling Municipal Hospital
Sequoyah Memorial Hospital, Sallisaw
St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital
St. John Broken Arrow
St. John Medical Center, Tulsa
St. John Owasso
St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Enid
Stillwater Medical Center
Valir Health, Oklahoma City
Wagoner Community Hospital
Weatherford Regional Hospital

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