Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as seniors, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
When Senate Bill 739 was passed, The Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Program was tasked with increasing patient protection from influenza in hospitals through vaccination of healthcare personnel. Senate Bill 739 (Health and Safety Code Section 1288.7) requires all California general acute care hospitals, based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, to take the following actions:
(a) Annually offer onsite influenza vaccinations, if available, to all hospital employees at no cost to the employee. Each general acute care hospital shall require its employees to be vaccinated, or if the employee elects not to be vaccinated, to declare in writing that he or she has declined the vaccination.
(b) Institute respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette protocols, develop and implement procedures for the isolation of patients with influenza, and adopt a program plan for vaccinating healthcare personal during the influenza season.
(c) Revise an existing or develop a new disaster plan that includes a pandemic influenza component. The plan shall also document any actual or recommended collaboration with local, regional, and state public health agencies or officials in the event of an influenza pandemic.
Senate Bill 739 also requires that on and after January 1, 2008, each general acute care hospital shall annually report to the California Department of Public Health infection prevention process measures that have been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. Initially these process measures shall include the CDC guidelines for influenza vaccination of patients and healthcare personnel. In consultation with the CDPH HAI Advisory Committee established pursuant to Section 1288.5, the department shall make this information public no later than six months after receiving the data.
For Information about the 2014-2015 reporting requirements, see attached PDF
Declination of Infuenza Vaccination Form, see sample form
The summary reporting data required by CDPH is the same as that required of most hospitals by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), with the exception of the inclusion of registry personnel on the (Other/Contract Personnel/Registry Personnel) category.
For additional information about influenza vaccination and healthcare personnel, go to: Influenza Information for Healthcare Personnel.aspx
For influenza vaccination information for consumers, go to: Influenza Information for Consumers.aspx