PCRMC leads the nation again with 94.7% of all employees having received flu shot
Receiving a flu vaccination each year is an important choice for health care personnel (HCP) to make. Each year, PCRMC requires its employees and volunteers to receive the flu shot or wear a mask for the duration of flu season while on hospital property and grounds.
For the 2011-2012 flu season, PCRMC’s Occupational Health Department reported that the total employee and volunteer flu shot compliance was 94.7%. The number far surpasses the national average of HCP who received the shot for the current flu season. According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC) website, the national average for HCP flu shot compliance was 63.4%, with a targeted goal of 90% compliance. PCRMC stands significantly above the CDC’s national compliance and targeted goal for HCP nationwide.
PCRMC CEO John Denbo was extremely pleased with the totals. He said, “This is an amazing result that far exceeds the majority of health care organizations in the United States. The level of participation and compliance by our employees and volunteers truly indicates PCRMC’s commitment to the health of our patients, community and co-workers.”
Margaret O’Leary, Director of Occupational Health & Wellness is also proud of PCRMC’s total employee flu shot compliance considering the flu is easily transmissible. “It is so important for our HCP to take the vaccine,” said O’Leary, “not only to protect the patients, but also to protect their families and themselves.”
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