Emory Healthcare recently was recognized by the American Nurses Association as one of the top seasonal influenza vaccination programs for health care professionals.
Emory was honored as part of the "Best Practices in Seasonal Influenza Immunization" 2006-2007 campaign during the ANA's policy conference held in Atlanta. The campaign is a recognition program that is designed to identify the top organizations that have the best success stories for increasing the seasonal influenza vaccination rates of their employees.
"As part of our overall commitment to quality health care and patient safety, we place a very high level of importance on our flu shot campaign, says John T. Fox, CEO of Emory Healthcare. "Not only is vaccination against the flu one of the easiest things a health care professional can do to protect themselves, their families and our patients, it is also absolutely the right thing to do.
"I am very pleased that the ANA has recognized the efforts of our employees to safeguard Emory's patients, and the tremendous efforts of so many to communicate and spread awareness of our program internally," continues Fox.
Since 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended annual influenza vaccinations for all health care personnel. Despite these ongoing recommendations, vaccination rates, as measured by the CDC, has remained low - between 36 and 43 percent for health care professionals. The transmission of influenza from health care personnel (HCP) to patients can create serious health care problems, especially among those who are at high risk for complications related to influenza.