Hospital Influenza Law
With the chaptering of SB 739, the California Health and Safety Code will read effective January 1, 2007.
1288.7. By July 1, 2007, the department shall require that each general acute care hospital, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control guidelines, take all of 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 seasonal influenza plan.
(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.
For the text of the entire bill, see http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/05-06/bill/sen/sb_0701-0750/sb_739_bill_20060928_chaptered.html
Read the related press release from The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.