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  1. Flu Shots for Health Care Providers – A Strategy That Works Mary Beth Koslap-Petraco, MS, CPNP Linda Mermelstein, MD, MPH Suffolk County Department of Health Services

  2. Statement of Problem • Health care providers (HCP) have low influenza vaccine immunization rates • 30% nationally • Suffolk County Department of Health Services staff rate was 20.2% • Low rates increase risk for high risk patients • HCPs have misconceptions regarding perceived side effects • HCPs put low priority on Influenza vaccine for themselves

  3. Institutional Support Issues • SCDHS administration supports influenza protection for staff having patient contact • Support from top down • Commissioner • Health Services Administration • Medical Directors • Nursing Supervisors

  4. Inactivated Influenza Side Effects • Soreness at injection site • Mild flu like symptoms 5-7 days following immunization • Many HCPs believe Gillian Barre is side effect of Flu vaccine • Invalid perception

  5. Institute of Medicine Report • IOM studied relationship between Influenza vaccine and GBS • Report issued 10/6/03 • Results • Favored acceptance of causal relationship between GBS and 1976 Swine flu vaccine • All other years inadequate to accept or reject relationship

  6. Institute of Medicine Report • Multiple Sclerosis relapse in adults • Favored rejection of causal relationship • No reason to suspect causal relationship might exist between Flu vaccine and onset or incident of MS in adults • Inadequate evidence to accept or reject relationship between Flu vaccine and other neurological conditions

  7. Institute of Medicine • Direct neurotoxic effect • Only theoretical • Recommendations • Modify current influenza risk communication (i.e. VIS) • No policy review on basis of neurological complications • Continue research and to monitor

  8. Method • Skilled Nursing has successfully increased immunization rates • Times designated to specifically immunize staff • Educational program was integral part of plan • Similar model was used in health centers • Each health center designated time specifically for immunizations of staff • Reminder memos and educational information circulated to staff

  9. Immunization Rates for Health Centers

  10. Overall Immunization Rate for 2002 vs. 2003

  11. Conclusion • Focusing on specific time for Health Care Provider Flu immunization improves compliance • Educational interventions can be successful • Solutions do not have to be expensive • Simple solutions can often work best