Utah Department of Health Report Shows Vaccination Rates Among Healthcare Workers

The Utah Department of Health and members of the Utah Healthcare Infection Prevention Governance Committee have released a report of vaccination rates among healthcare workers in the state.

In November 2007, the Utah Department of Health adopted a Healthcare-Associated Infections reporting rule that requires hospitals to report healthcare worker influenza vaccination rates. Results from the most recent annual report shows healthcare worker influenza vaccination rates in Utah hospitals have increased consistently from 71.7 percent in 2008 to 93.8 percent in 2011.

 

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Additionally, in April 2011, UHIP recommended that all healthcare facilities in Utah implement a policy of mandatory annual influenza vaccination for all healthcare personnel, unless an organization has achieved a vaccination rate greater than 95 percent by other means. The 2011 annual report shows 35 of 60 (58.3 percent) Utah hospitals had a mandatory healthcare work influenza vaccination policy; 15 of 60 (25 percent) had no mandatory healthcare worker influenza vaccination policy; and 10 of 60 (16.7 percent) were identified as unknown during the 2011-2012 influenza season. In addition, all Utah hospitals with mandatory influenza vaccination policies reported vaccination rates of at least 90 percent.

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