Core Elements of a Hospital Comprehensive

Core Elements of a Hospital Comprehensive Influenza Policy

 

Core Elements of a Hospital Comprehensive

We are committed to the health and safety of the nurses, health care workers, patients and the communities they serve. Because of this commitment, we strongly recommend that all nurses, health care providers and other hospital personnel be vaccinated against all influenza viruses and support voluntary efforts that aim for 100% vaccination rates.

We also believe that any vaccination policy is only one component of a comprehensive influenza prevention policy. Here are the core components of a comprehensive influenza policy that we believe must be included in any influenza policy adopted by hospitals in Washington State:

  1. Voluntary efforts that aim for 100% vaccination rates, including annual education and implementation of comprehensive influenza vaccination programs for all health care providers.
  2. Employers must ensure that influenza vaccines are available and offered to every health care worker annually at convenient times and locations.
  3. Employers must ensure that appropriate protection and safety measures are in place to provide a safe workplace environment for nurses and health care workers including following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) requirements for influenza prevention and hierarchy of controls.
  4. Masking policies must follow CDC guidelines for all workers, not just those unvaccinated (currently required when within 6 feet of patients) and not be used as a retaliation or punishment for unvaccinated workers.
  5. If a declination form is required for vaccination, the employee must be able to sign the form confidentially; that is, the health care worker must not be required to divulge personal health information or declare the reason(s) for refusal of a vaccine. The employer must not discriminate against or discipline a nurse or health care worker for opting out.
  6. The employer must not discriminate against or discipline nurses or health care workers for the appropriate use of sick time due to influenza.

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