The National Influenza Vaccine Summit – a collaborative effort of the American Medical Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – recognized Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for ensuring that 99.6 percent of “targeted staff” were vaccinated against the flu during the 2009-2010 season.
The hospital was the national winner of the healthcare personnel campaign for its efforts to use education, data sharing and collaboration to increase vaccination rates among its workers. CHOP, as the west Philadelphia pediatric hospital is commonly called, made flu vaccination mandatory last year, a move that helped it increase vaccination rates among staff from 91 percent during the 2008-2009 flu season.
The summit praised CHOP’s outreach efforts across its network, including outpatient sites, along with its “peer-to-peer outreach, web-based education, and use of a multi-disciplinary flu planning committee.” The hospital vaccinates more than 1,000 of its staff in four hours in a kick-off of its campaign. Moreover, the summit said that the hospital thinks it changed the perception of flu vaccination among its staff, making it an issue of patient safety, not just self-protection.
Perhaps CHOP could forgive the summit’s slip up in calling it “Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania” in its press release recognizing the hospitals efforts. The release also did not mention the controversy involving a laid-off custodian who refused the mandatory vaccination.