Positive results reported from flu vaccination challenge

Joint Commission Resources has announced the successful results of its second annual Flu Vaccination Challenge.

The JCR challenged healthcare organizations across the country to achieve 90, 75 or 65 percent seasonal flu vaccination rates among their healthcare workers for the 2009-2010 flu season.

Overall, participating healthcare organizations reached a 76 percent vaccination average, a 13 percent increase over the previous year’s rate, according to the report. Of those participating, 19 percent received gold vaccination level, 35 percent received silver and 31 percent received bronze ranking.

William Schaffner, chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine and a professor of infectious diseases at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, said that he was encouraged by this year’s results.

“The Flu Vaccination Challenge showcases the ethical responsibility that health care workers have to protect themselves, their patients and their colleagues from influenza each year by taking the time to get vaccinated,” Schaffner said. “We are very encouraged by the latest results and commend all of the organizations that participated in the challenge. We look forward to seeing vaccination rates continue to climb during this coming flu season.”

Approximately 1,100 health care organizations from across the United States participated in the Flu Vaccination Challenge. Of the organizations that submitted their data, 85 percent met the challenge by achieving a 65 percent or higher seasonal flu vaccination among their staff.