Each year, influenza results in an estimated 226,000 hospital admissions and 36,000 deaths. Evidence has emerged over the past few years that clearly indicates that health care personnel can unintentionally expose patients to seasonal influenza when health care personnel are not immunized. Exposure to persons infected with the influenza virus can be dangerous to vulnerable patients. Reducing influenza transmission from health care personnel to patients has become a top priority both nationally and in Wisconsin.

Health care systems and hospitals across the state have implemented policies designed to increase their employee vaccination rates. On September 4, noon – 1 pm, representatives from two Wisconsin health care systems shared their experience and expertise on how to communicate influenza policies to employees.

The .pdf file of this presentation is available here:

WHA/WHPRMS Influenza Policy Presentation by UW Health and Aurora Health Care 9-4-13.

For influenza information: http://www.wha.org/influenza.aspx