Inpatient flu vaccine protocol: December update

  • Global Goal: Prevent morbidity and mortality from influenza, especially for our high risk population (by default, most of our hospitalized population)
  • Smart Aim: Increase our percentage of eligible hospitalized patients receiving influenza vaccines prior to discharge by 15% for the 2017-2018 influenza season at all Akron Children’s Hospital acute care units.
  • Secondary Aim: Increase percentage of patients with completed protocol screening to 80%.

December flu vaccine data:

  • We have given 234 influenza vaccines to inpatients in October-December 2017, which is a 30% increase from last season.
  • We vaccinated 6% of inpatients at discharge in December with 31% of our discharged patients having received their flu vaccine before, during, or after hospitalization.
  • We are completing the protocol or addressing patients’ flu vaccine status (already documented, physicians/APPs ordering vaccine) in 80% of our patients.
  • 4 of our inpatient units completed admission screening >95% of the time.

We continue to have more than 1/3 of our patients and their families not interested in receiving the flu vaccine, which continues to be a barrier. Studies have shown that their provider’s recommendations about vaccines do influence families decisions to vaccinate, so continue to share the message about the benefits of influenza vaccines.

Find flu vaccine facts sheets for families from the CDC here.

For more information about our Fight Flu protocol, contact Dr. Gunkelman at sgunkelman@akronchildrens.orgor 330-543-4440. We will provide regular updates on our progress in future editions of Pediatric Pulse.

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