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M Romney, Jefferson School of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Healthy People 2020 national goal is to “increase the percentage of healthcare personnel who are vaccinated annually against seasonal influenza, target 90%”. Although some healthcare organizations are adopting annual HCP influenza vaccination requirements, there may never be full compliance (90% or greater) without mandatory influenza vaccines policies by all healthcare organizations. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), healthcare organizations that required all of their HCP to receive the flu vaccination experienced the highest flu vaccination rates, coverage in occupational settings with vaccination requirements was 96.5%. While, Healthcare organizations implement aggressive, labor-intensive voluntary influenza vaccination programs, rarely able to achieve rates higher than 70%. The purpose of the Capstone Project is to identify and evaluate the barriers related to why the annual influenza vaccination rates for HCP remain consistently low within healthcare organizations. Secondly, understand how patients and healthcare organizations benefit from implementing and achieving annual HCP influenza vaccination compliance; reduces financial impact to healthcare organizations’ and also lowers the risk of HCP transmitting the influenza virus to patients. And lastly, identify and evaluate the essential elements to develop and implement an organizational influenza vaccination program and policy for HCP. A qualitative research analysis of successful HCP vaccination programs and policies were researched, evaluated and summarized to provide a specific outline of how to develop and implement a HCP influenza vaccination program and policy to achieve a 90% HCP influenza vaccination rate.

Presentation: 21 minutes