Bethany Children’s Meets 96 Percent Influenza Vaccine Challenge

Influenza Vaccination

The Oklahoma Hospital Association announced that 25 Oklahoma hospitals and hospital specialty units have met a challenge from the Oklahoma Hospital Association to achieve a health care worker influenza vaccination rate of 96% or higher during the 2022-2023 flu season.  

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “Influenza places a substantial burden on the health of people in the United States each year. CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths annually since 2010.”   

“And the risk of complications from influenza is higher among the types of people who are admitted to our hospitals,” said Patrice Greenawalt, 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 caused their admission or by the treatments they are undergoing. Vaccination of health care personnel has been shown to prevent illness and death in patients and reduce influenza and absenteeism. The CDC has recommended annual vaccination of health care personnel since 1984. 

Several key national professional organizations have endorsed mandatory policies for influenza vaccination as a condition of employment within health care facilities, including the American Hospital Association. In 2011, the Oklahoma Hospital Association board of trustees developed a position statement urging mandatory influenza policies.  

Hospitals and units achieving the 96% vaccination rate are: 

Arbuckle Memorial Hospital, Sulphur 

Bethany Children’s Health Center 

Duncan Regional Hospital 

Duncan Regional Hospital – Inpatient Psychiatric Facility 

Hillcrest Hospital Cushing 

Hillcrest Hospital Henryetta 

Jefferson County Hospital, Waurika 

Lawton Indian Hospital 

Mercy Hospital Ada 

Mercy Hospital Ada – Inpatient Rehabilitation 

Mercy Hospital Ada – Inpatient Psychiatric Facility 

Mercy Hospital Ardmore 

Mercy Hospital Kingfisher 

Mercy Hospital Logan County, Guthrie 

Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City 

Mercy Hospital Tishomingo 

Mercy Hospital Watonga 

Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City 

Okeene Municipal Hospital 

Oklahoma Heart Hospital, Oklahoma City 

Oklahoma Heart Hospital South, Oklahoma City 

Stillwater Medical Blackwell 

Stillwater Medical Center 

Stillwater Medical Perry 

Tulsa Spine & Specialty Hospital 

Released by Oklahoma Hospital Association

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