Influenza is the eighth leading cause of death in the United States, with the majority of influenza-related illnesses and deaths occurring among vulnerable members of the population, such as patients in hospitals and other inpatient healthcare facilities. Health care personnel (HCP) are a source of transmission of influenza to coworkers and patients in hospitals. Influenza vaccination is a simple, safe, and cost effective way to prevent transmission of influenza from HCP to patients. Vaccination of HCP has been shown to reduce worker’s illness, absenteeism, staff shortages, and healthcare costs.
Since 2008, California acute care hospitals must offer the influenza vaccine free of charge to HCP and require HCP to receive the vaccine or sign a declination form if they choose not to be vaccinated (Health and Safety Code section 1288.7). Hospitals must report HCP vaccination rates to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), including the percentage of HCP (employees and non-employee personnel) vaccinated. CDPH is required to make this information public on an annual basis (Health and Safety Code section 1288.8). Hospitals collect and report data for all HCP physically working in their hospital for at least one day during influenza season, regardless of clinical responsibility or patient contact. CDPH reports data separately for employees, non-employee licensed independent practitioners (including physicians and others not employed by the hospitals), and adult students/trainees and volunteers.
This report presents data for the 2015-2016 influenza season, October 1, 2015, through March 31, 2016. CDPH has published an annual HCP influenza vaccination in California hospitals’ report since 2009.
Table 1. Influenza Vaccination Percentages for Employees, Non-employees and Healthcare Personnel (HCP) in General Acute Care Hospitals, California, 2015-2016, by County and Mandatory Mask Policy for HCP Who Decline Vaccination
Table 2. Influenza Vaccination Surveillance Report Status and Hospital-Specific Mean for Influenza Vaccination, Declination, and Unknown Percentages for Employees, Non-employee Licensed Independent Practitioners, Other Contract Personnel and Adult Students/Trainees, and Volunteers in General Acute Care Hospitals, California, 2015-2016
Table 3. Survey on Influenza Vaccination of Healthcare Personnel in California General Acute Care Hospitals for 2015-2016: Questions and Results
Table 4. Percent of Licensed General Acute Care Hospitals that Met 60% Vaccination and the Healthy People 2020 Target 90% Vaccination, California 2010-2016
Table 5. Hospital-Specific Influenza Vaccination Percentages, Over 60 and 90 Percent Vaccination of Healthcare Personnel in General Acute Care Hospitals, California 2015-2016
Table 6. Vaccination Percentage by Healthcare Personnel Category in California Hospitals, 2010-2016
Table 7. Non-Reporting California Hospitals for Healthcare Personnel Vaccination, 2015-2016
The summary report presents key findings, and recommended public health actions for improving influenza vaccination among hospital HCP, and preventing Influenza.
This map shows HCP influenza (flu) vaccination rates reported by California hospitals for 2015-2016 flu season Influenza Vaccination Among Health Care Personnel (HCP) in California Hospitals.
PDF Versions of the Report and Seven Data Tables for the 2015-2016 Respiratory Season
Definitions, including methods associated with this release are summarized in the Technical Notes (see link below)
To view the Technical Notes for the 2015-2016 Data Release, see Technical Notes . What is in the technical notes? The Technical Notes contain information on the data sources, definitions, quality assurance and control, data presentation and statistical analyses associated with this data release. Vaccination among Healthcare Personnel in California General Acute Care Hospitals for the 2015-2016 Respiratory Season