Oklahoma hospitals meet 96% flu vaccine challenge | Community

Thirty-two Oklahoma hospitals and specialty hospital units have met the Oklahoma Hospital Association’s challenge to achieve a healthcare worker flu vaccination rate of 96% or higher during the 2021-2022 flu season.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “Influenza imposes a significant health burden on people in the United States each year. The CDC estimates that the flu has caused between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations, and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths per year since 2010.

“And the risk of flu complications is higher among the types of people admitted to our hospitals,” said The Wanna Halstead, Vice President of Quality and Clinical Initiatives, Oklahoma Hospital Association. “These hospitals have developed policies and processes that ensure their patients and employees are protected.”

Hospitalized patients are particularly vulnerable to the dangers of influenza because their immune systems are often compromised by the illness that prompted their admission or by the treatments they are undergoing. Vaccination of healthcare workers has been shown to prevent illness and death in patients and reduce influenza and absenteeism. The CDC has recommended annual vaccination of healthcare workers since 1984.

Several key national professional organizations have approved mandatory policies for influenza vaccination as a condition of employment in health care facilities, including the American Hospital Association. In 2011, the Oklahoma Hospital Association Board of Directors developed a position statement calling for mandatory flu policies.

The hospitals and units achieving the 96% vaccination rate are:

Arbuckle Memorial Hospital, Sulfur

Bethany Children’s Health Center

Cordell Memorial Hospital

Duncan Regional Hospital

Duncan Regional Hospital – Inpatient Rehabilitation

Fairview Regional Medical Center

Cushing’s Hillcrest Hospital

Hillcrest Pryor Hospital

Jefferson County Hospital, Waurika

Lawton Indian Hospital

McAlester Regional Health Center

Mercy Health Love County, Marietta

Ada Mercy Hospital

Mercy Hospital Ada – Hospital Behavioral Health

Mercy Hospital Ada – Inpatient Rehabilitation

Mercy Hospital Ardmore – Main Behavioral Health Unit

Mercy Hospital Kingfisher

Mercy Hospital Logan County, Guthrie

Oklahoma City Mercy Hospital

Hospital of Mercy Tishomingo

Mercy Hospital Watonga

Mercy Oklahoma City Rehabilitation Hospital

Mercy Oklahoma City South Rehabilitation Hospital

Okeene City Hospital

Oklahoma Heart Hospital, Oklahoma City

Oklahoma Heart Hospital South, Oklahoma City

Share Medical Center, Alva

Stillwater Medical Blackwell

Stillwater Medical Center

Stillwater medical perry

Tulsa Spine and Specialty Hospital

Weatherford Regional Hospital

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