Posted on August 11, 2017
In conjunction with the MHA partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to battle influenza and pertussis within hospitals, the MDHHS conducted a hospital survey in late 2016. The results indicate that the number of Michigan hospitals with mandatory flu and pertussis vaccination policies for healthcare personnel (HCP) has increased significantly since surveys conducted in 2011 and 2013.
In 2011, about 37 percent of Michigan hospitals required annual flu vaccinations for employees; in 2016, 77 percent had such policies. With the notable progress Michigan hospitals have made in vaccinating HCP against influenza, they are within reach of the 90 percent target set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2020 national objectives. An increase from 18 to 41 percent was seen for hospitals that have policies to ensure HCP have been vaccinated against pertussis, a highly contagious disease commonly known as whooping cough. More work needs to be done to ensure HCP do not contribute to the spread of potentially deadly diseases.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and the MHA encourages hospitals to protect patients, visitors and staff from influenza and pertussis by vaccinating their HCP against these illnesses, which can be fatal to young children, older people, and those with chronic diseases or weakened immune systems. Hospitals that would like to implement mandatory policies for their personnel may find the tools and resources on the MHA Healthcare Personnel Vaccination Policies webpage helpful.
The MHA joins the MDHHS in encouraging hospitals and healthcare personnel to ensure their patients have been vaccinated against all preventable diseases. The MHA also supports I Vaccinate, a statewide public health education campaign on childhood vaccinations that helps Michigan parents protect their children.
For more information on vaccination policies for HCP, contact Rob Wood at the MHA or Jalyn Ingalls at the MDHHS. To learn more about the I Vaccinate campaign, contact Ruthanne Sudderth at the MHA.
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