Last week, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced a public health emergency in the city of Boston in reaction to the 700 reported influenza cases so far this year and 18 related deaths, a figure that is already ten times last year's rate.
Last flu season 1 in 3 healthcare workers didn't get vaccinated, according to the CDC.
As a resident of the city of Boston, I am particularly interested in the steps hospitals have taken to increase employee vaccination rates.
Starting this year, hospital human resource departments are required to collect and submit employee flu vaccination rates in accordance with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regulations. Flu shot stats for each employee will be published on Hospital Compare in July.