Countdown to Flu Shot Compliance Begins

Chelsea Rice, for HealthLeaders Media , October 7, 2013

Running through each of these elements was the key strategy shift: Engage a top-down team approach. Executives at all the North Shore-LIJ sites leaders were held accountable with the data before them. They enlisted and empowered their managers with this data as well to ensure that system-wide communications were reaching the individual employees.

"The main message was, 'We all care. About your health and well being, as well as our patients.' The goal for the strategy was that for every employee, someone is speaking to you and reaching out to you. To do that we had to have educated and enlisted managers," says Lewis.

This year North Shore-LIJ started its employee campaign to get workers vaccinated in early September. One month later, 53% are vaccinated, 3% have declined, and 0% have reported a medical exemption. With 56% participating so far, the health system is way ahead of where it was last year.

It looks like it does take a little bit of mandating to create lasting change. Especially when needles are involved.

Chelsea Rice is an associate editor for HealthLeaders Media.
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