Protecting Healthcare Personnel, Patients
The MHA partners with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to strongly encourage hospitals to vaccinate healthcare personnel (HCP). The MHA provides the following resources to assist members in protecting patients, staff and visitors from preventable diseases, as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The resources particularly focus on COVID-19, influenza and pertussis (whooping cough), each of which is highly contagious.
Policies that strongly encourage vaccination have proved to increase HCP coverage rates. The Care Compare website includes information on influenza vaccination rates for HCP under Timely and Effective Care, Preventive Care. In addition, the MDHHS urges healthcare providers to use the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR) to document all vaccine administration.
Hospitals can use the resources below to determine whether their policies adequately protect their HCP against COVID-19, influenza and pertussis. Contact the MHA for additional information on protecting everyone in the hospital from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Healthcare Personnel Vaccine Recommendations
- CDC Recommended Vaccines for Healthcare Workers, including COVID-19.
- Healthcare Personnel Vaccination Recommendations (one-page reference sheet from Immunization Action Coalition)
Resources and Additional Information on Reporting Requirements
- National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Reporting of COVID-19 cases
- NHSN CMS Requirements for Reporting HCP Vaccination for Influenza
In addition to reporting to the NHSN, providers are urged to report HCP vaccinations for COVID-19, influenza and pertussis to the Michigan Care Improvement Registry.