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Influenza Vaccination

INFLUENZA VACCINATION COVERAGE AMONG HEALTHCARE PERSONNEL

What is this measure?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that healthcare workers receive flu vaccination every year. Health care workers are more likely to care for, or live with, people who are at high risk for flu related complications. People with the flu can spread it to others, even if they do not show symptoms. The flu vaccine is the best way to protect against the flu.

How does Kaweah Health perform?

1Q 2017-4Q 2018-Better than Benchmark

1Q 2018-4Q 2019-Better than Benchmark

Data Source: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) when available or internal data
Benchmark Source: Rates are compared by the CMS to the U.S. national rate for each Medicare patient type when available, or by internal national benchmarking data

Why is it important?

One way to tell if a hospital is doing a good job is to see if the flu vaccine coverage among their employees are better than, no different than or worse than the U.S. national average. People with the flu can spread it to others, even if they do not show symptoms.

What is Kaweah Health doing to continue to improve?

Each year Kaweah offers flu vaccine for all staff and providers. We have many convenient “Flu Shot” stations easily accessible during the vaccination period.

For more information on Influence vaccination coverage among healthcare personnel, click HERE to visit the CDC website.

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How can patients and families support safety?

The CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza. For more information on who should receive the flu vaccination, click HERE visit the CDC website.