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Goals for 2013-14 VA Influenza Vaccination Program

Each year, the Infection: Don't Pass It On Team coordinates the development of the goals for the upcoming flu vaccination season. This year's goals are:

  1. Within each VA health care facility, gradually increase the seasonal influenza vaccination rate of health care personnel to meet the 2020 Healthy People goal of 90%. Note: Facilities will need to look at their vaccination rates for the previous year and set a goal to increase which will meet the Joint Commission standard – generally by 5% each year until 90% is attained by 2020.
  2. Promote seasonal influenza vaccination to all Veteran patients. Note: This is based on the Federal recommendation of universal influenza vaccination of all people age 6 months and older.
  3. Reduce disparity of influenza vaccination rates by increasing the rate of vaccine among within female patients and those patients under age 50.
  4. Promote consistent and proper documentation and tracking for all influenza vaccinations.
  5. Promote non-vaccine methods of preventing infection, particularly hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
  6. Encourage the entire VA health care community to promote and support influenza vaccination.

Infection: Don’t Pass It On – Know what to do about the flu.