Health Care Personnel Influenza Vaccination

Health and Safety Code section 1288.7(a) requires California acute care hospitals to offer influenza vaccine free of charge to all healthcare providers (HCP) or sign a declination form if a HCP chooses not to be vaccinated. Hospitals must report HCP influenza vaccination data to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), including the percentage of HCP vaccinated. CDPH is required to make this information public on an annual basis [Health and Safety Code section 1288.8 (b)].

California acute care hospitals are required to offer free influenza vaccine to HCP. Hospital HCP must receive an annual vaccine or sign a declination form. Hospitals collect vaccination data for all HCP physically working in the hospital for at least one day during influenza season, regardless of clinical responsibility or patient contact. Hospitals report HCP vaccination rates to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and CDPH publishes the hospital results annually. CDPH reports data separately for hospital employees, licensed independent practitioners such as physicians, other contract staff, and trainees and volunteers (Health and Safety Code section 1288.7-1288.8).

Detailed information about the variables included in each dataset are described in the accompanying data dictionaries for the year of interest.

For general information about NHSN, surveillance definitions, and reporting requirements for HCP influenza vaccination, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/hps/vaccination/index.html

To link the CDPH facility IDs with those from other Departments, including OSHPD, please reference the "Licensed Facility Cross-Walk" Open Data table at: https://data.chhs.ca.gov/dataset/licensed-facility-crosswalk.

For information about healthcare personnel influenza vaccinations in California hospitals, please visit: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CHCQ/HAI/Pages/HealthcarePersonnelInfluenzaVaccinationReportingInCA_Hospitals.aspx

COVID-19 NOTICE: In response to the Governor’s state of emergency declaration related to COVID-19, on March 20, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) distributed All Facilities Letter (AFL) 20-26, temporarily waiving hospital licensing requirements and suspending regulatory enforcement requirements in Chapter 2 of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code (HSC) sections 1250-1339.59 (except for adverse event and unusual occurrence reporting, HSC 1279.1). The CDPH suspension included waiving hospital reporting requirements for healthcare personnel influenza vaccination (HSC 1288.7 and 1288.8) through June 30, 2020 . Therefore, no healthcare personnel vaccination data for the 2019-2020 influenza season are available.

This dataset updates every year

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