Multifaceted Campaign Aimed at Obstetricians Increases Influenza Immunizations in Pregnant Patients
A large multispecialty clinic launched a multidimensional campaign to increase influenza immunizations of pregnant patients, with key elements including educating providers and nurses about the safety and effectiveness of immunizations, publicizing the immunization rates of individual obstetricians' patients, and making vaccinations a part of standing orders; the program led to a dramatic increase in the immunization rate over a 10-year period.
Text Messages to Parents Increase Influenza Immunization Rate for Low-Income, Minority Children
A series of automated text messages to predominantly low-income, Latino parents about influenza and the importance of influenza vaccines leads to a small but meaningful increase in the percentage of children vaccinated.
Outpatient Clinics Use Annual Education Campaign, Friendly Competition, and Incentives to Double Influenza Immunization Rates Among Employees
A multispecialty clinic promotes influenza vaccinations among employees by offering free vaccines, providing education about vaccine safety and effectiveness, designating an immunization champion within each clinic, and sponsoring friendly competitions across sites; the program led to more than doubling the employee immunization rate over a 7-year period.
Health System Makes Annual Influenza Immunization a Condition of Ongoing Employment, Leading to Near-Complete Vaccination of Workforce
BJC HealthCare requires employees to get an annual influenza vaccination as a condition of employment, resulting in the vaccination of virtually the entire workforce.
Program Modeled on Emergency Preparedness Plan Features In-Unit Vaccinations and Morning "Lockdown," Increasing Employee Influenza Immunization Rates
A 2-day influenza vaccination program based on emergency preparedness plans for mass vaccination or prophylaxis, features in-unit vaccinations and a morning "lockdown" where employees must enter the hospital through a single entrance manned by vaccination teams, leading to significant increases in employee vaccination rates.
Monthly Checklist: Influenza Immunization Program for Health Care Workers
This checklist provides detailed, month-by-month instructions for infection control professionals to use in planning, implementing, and promoting an influenza immunization program for health care workers.
Flu Assessment Guidelines for Parents
The Flu Assessment Guidelines for Parents is a flowchart for parents to use to assess whether or not to treat their children at home for the flu.
Inactivated Influenza Vaccine: What You Need To Know
This tool answers common questions about inactivated influenza vaccinations.
If You Have Diabetes, a Flu Shot Could Save Your Life
This brochure for people with diabetes emphasizes the importance of flu and pneumonia shots. It also describes flu-related complications.
Essentials of Public Reporting of Health Care-Associated Infections: A Toolkit
This tool kit was created to assist States and health care facilities facing legislative mandates to publicly report health care-associated infections by providing guidance on components necessary for a meaningful reporting system.