As flu season approaches, the Joint Commission Resources (JCR) challenges hospitals to increase the number of vaccinated health care workers.
Hospitals that achieve a vaccination rate of 43% or more for their staff, 1% higher than the national average of 42%, will be recognized by JCR for their dedication to helping keep their employees healthy and protecting their patients.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health care workers have been frequently implicated as the source of flu infections in hospitals.
The Flu Vaccination Challenge begins September 1, 2008 and continues through the flu season to May 2009. Visit the vaccination challenge Web site to register a hospital.