Effectiveness and acceptance of a health care-based mandatory vaccination program

Rachel Leibu, Joel Maslow

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OBJECTIVE:: To decrease the risk of transmission of hospital-associated transmission of influenza and pertussis through mandatory vaccination of staff. METHODS:: A mandatory influenza and toxoid-diphtheria toxoid-acellular pertussis program was implemented systemwide. A structured vaccine exemption program was implemented for those requesting a medical and/or religious/moral/ethical exemption. RESULTS:: Systemwide influenza vaccination rates increased from 67% historically, 76.2% in the 2012 to 2013 influenza season, to 94.7% in 2013 to 2014 with an overall compliance rate of 97.8%. Toxoid-diphtheria toxoid-acellular pertussis vaccination rates systemwide reached 94.9%, with an overall compliance rate of 98%. Higher rates were experienced at individual hospital facilities compared with the corporate location. CONCLUSIONS:: Successful vaccination campaign outcomes can be achieved through diligent enforcement of mandatory vaccination, masking, and other infection prevention procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-61
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 21 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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