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Proposed flu standard changes by TJC
The Joint Commission's proposed changes in the influenza vaccination standard for hospitals include the following:
The hospital includes in its infection control plan the goal of improving influenza vaccination rates. (For more information, refer to Standard IC.01.04.01)
The hospital sets incremental influenza vaccination goals, consistent with achieving the 90% rate established in the national influenza initiatives for 2020. (Note: The HHS Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections is available at: http://1.usa.gov/m19whI)
The hospital develops a written description of the methodology used to determine influenza vaccination rates. All hospital staff and licensed independent practitioners are to be included in the methodology for determining the influenza vaccination rates.
The hospital evaluates the reasons given by staff and licensed independent practitioners for declining the influenza vaccination at least annually.
The hospital improves its vaccination rates according to its established goals and at least annually.
The hospital provides influenza vaccination rate data to key stakeholders including leaders, licensed independent practitioners, nursing staff, and other staff at least annually.