Fewer than 40% of workers receive flu shot at some California hospitals: 5 things to know


Flu vaccination rates among workers at California's acute care hospitals vary widely, according to a California Healthline report.

Here are five things to know.

1. One of the state's hospitals, Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, saw all of its workers get a flu shot during the 2016-17 flu season, according data from the California Department of Public Health.

2. However, at other hospitals, the flu vaccination rate was below 40 percent. The following hospitals were in this category: Los Angeles-based Monrovia Memorial Hospital, Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, East Campus, in Westlake Village, and Thousand Oaks Surgical Center in Ventura. None of these hospitals responded to requests for comment from California Healthline.

3. CPDH data show flu vaccination rates among healthcare workers increased 20 percent overall between the 2010-11 and 2016-17 flu seasons, from an average of 63 percent to 83 percent.

4. According to the latest CDPH data, nearly one-third of California hospitals have achieved a goal of 90 percent vaccination.

5. Under California law, healthcare workers may decline a flu shot, although many of the state's hospitals require workers to wear a mask if they do so, according to the report. 

Read the full report here.



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