49 hospitals meet OHA’s 96 percent influenza vaccine challenge

Posted on: 6/26/20

Forty-nine Oklahoma hospitals and hospital specialty units have met a challenge from the Oklahoma Hospital Association to achieve a health care worker influenza vaccination rate of 96 percent or higher during the 2019-2020 flu season.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “Influenza places a substantial burden on the health of people in the United States each year. CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths annually since 2010.”  

“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, Oklahoma Hospital Association. “These hospitals have developed policies and processes that ensure their patients and employees are protected.”

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 CDC 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 and units meeting the 96 percent challenge are:

Arbuckle Memorial Hospital, Sulphur
Atoka County Medical Center
Bailey Medical Center, Owasso
Chickasaw Nation Department of Health, Ada
Choctaw Nation Health Care Center, Talihina
Elkview General Hospital, Hobart
Fairview Regional Medical Center
Grady Memorial Hospital, Chickasha
Hillcrest Hospital Cushing
Hillcrest Hospital Henryetta
Hillcrest Hospital Pryor
Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa
INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City  
INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center Portland Avenue, Oklahoma City
INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital, Yukon
INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center, Enid
INTEGRIS Grove Hospital
INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center, Oklahoma City
INTEGRIS Lakeside Women’s Hospital, Oklahoma City
INTEGRIS Northwest Specialty Hospital, Enid
INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, Oklahoma City
Jackson County Memorial Hospital, Altus
Lawton Indian Hospital
Lindsay Municipal Hospital
McAlester Regional Health Center
McCurtain Memorial Hospital, Idabel
Mercy Hospital Ada
Mercy Hospital Ardmore - Acute Care
Mercy Hospital Ardmore - Inpatient Psychiatric Unit
Mercy Hospital Ardmore - Inpatient Rehab
Mercy Hospital Healdton
Mercy Hospital Kingfisher
Mercy Hospital Logan County, Guthrie
Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City
Mercy Hospital Watonga
Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City
Norman Regional HealthPlex
Oklahoma Center for Orthopaedic and Multi-Specialty Surgery, Oklahoma City
Okeene Municipal Hospital
Oklahoma Heart Hospital, Oklahoma City
Oklahoma Heart Hospital South, Oklahoma City
Pawhuska Hospital Inc.
Seiling Regional Medical Center
SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital – Shawnee
Stillwater Medical Blackwell
Stillwater Medical Center
Stillwater Medical Perry
The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital, Oklahoma City
Wagoner Community Hospital