PITTSBURGH - The Kane Regional Centers are collaborating with the Allegheny County Health Department, the Allegheny County Immunization Coalition and 18 local hospitals in a campaign to encourage more health care workers to get vaccinated against the flu.
The campaign, Flatline the Flu, aims to increase health care worker vaccination rates at nine UPMC Hospitals – Children’s, Magee, McKeesport, Mercy, Montefiore/Presbyterian/WPIC, Passavant, Shadyside, St. Margaret’s and UPMC East; four West Penn Allegheny Health System hospitals – Allegheny General, Forbes Regional, Allegheny Valley and West Penn; and 5 other hospitals in Allegheny County – Jefferson, Sewickley, Ohio Valley, St. Clair and the VA in Oakland.
“Influenza represents a serious threat to both our long term and short term rehabilitation residents,” said Musatta Carrozza, Infection Preventionist at the Kane Regional Centers. “We are thrilled to be participating with our local hospitals, the Allegheny County Health Department and the Allegheny County Immunization Coalition in this important campaign.”
Health care workers as a group consist of staff involved in patient care as well as other members of the workforce who are indirectly involved in patient care but who can play a role in the transmission of flu between health care personnel and the people for which they are caring. The flu vaccine is the best way for health care workers to protect themselves, their patients and their families from the flu.
Only 63.5% of health care workers were vaccinated against influenza last season, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For more information, contact Bill LaLonde, Community Outreach Representative at 412.422.6773.