UHS publication on increasing healthcare provider flu immunization rates

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

University Health Services is committed to the highest quality of care and conducting continuous quality improvement. These efforts are largely led by our Quality & Performance Improvement department.

In December 2018, the following paper was published in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care. The results indicate that UHS is the first Amubulatory-based University healthcare setting to achieve and sustain the 90% performance goal of Health People 2020.

Frisina, P.G., Ingraffia, S.T., Brown, T.R., Munene, E.N, Pletcher, J.R., & Kolligian, J. (2018, December). Increasing influenza immunization rates among healthcare providers in an Ambulatory-based University Healthcare Setting. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 2019, 1-6. doi: 10.1093/intqhc/mzy247

To protect patients from health-care associated influenza, and prevent staff absences due to illness, the best practice is annual vaccination of healthcare staff.  The study, conducted over four influenza seasons, reported increased vaccination rates from 70.2% to 90.2%.

Read more about the full methodology and results.