What is FluSafe?
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FluSafe is a program to recognize Minnesota health care facilities for attaining high influenza vaccination rates among employees. It is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health.
FluSafe will help Minnesota achieve a health care worker influenza vaccination coverage goal of 100 percent of those who do not have medical contraindications. FluSafe facilitates friendly competition between health care facilities and supports thorough and accurate tracking of influenza vaccination coverage.
The program is initially open only to Minnesota hospitals and nursing homes.
Unvaccinated health care workers can pass highly contagious influenza to their patients, many of whom are at high risk for complications of influenza.
Healthy People 2020 has a goal of 90 percent flu vaccination coverage for health care personnel. This standard would improve patient safety and the quality of health care statewide. CDC also has a recommendation for vaccinating 100 percent of health care workers who do not have a medical contraindication.
National rates of influenza vaccination of health care workers are about 63 percent. Even though Minnesota rates are about 70 percent, as measured by MDH in 2009, we still have a long way to go.
FluSafe is a great way to let people know that they are protected against flu when they are in your facility. Here's why:
FluSafe is visible.
FluSafe offers an opportunity for your facility to be recognized for achieving employee influenza vaccination rates of 70, 80, or 90 percent. Low rates of vaccinated health care workers can be very concerning for patients and the public. By participating in FluSafe, you can assure your patients and their families that you are actively fighting influenza infection. You will be acknowledged in a statewide news release and will receive a certificate and poster from MDH that can be posted in your facility to demonstrate your commitment to patient safety.
FluSafe emphasizes patient safety.
Vaccination of employees protects patients. By participating in FluSafe, you are publically demonstrating your commitment to patient safety. The FluSafe program has the endorsement of the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS).
FluSafe is practical.
FluSafe can be used to enhance your existing vaccination campaign or help you begin a new one. Using evidence-based tools and materials, you can be assured your facility is practicing with the most current information. Template forms are available for you to tailor to your facility’s needs.
FluSafe supports e-Health standards.
FluSafe will use the statewide immunization registry, the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC), to measure flu vaccination rates of health care employees. Using immunization registries is integral to the Minnesota e-Health initiative and "meaningful use" objectives for hospitals. FluSafe is an easy way for nursing homes to start utilizing MIIC in their facilities as well.
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