Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Recognition for High Rate of Flu Vaccinations

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recognized Cedars-Sinai and two of its affiliated hospitals for vaccinating 90% or more of its employees during the 2018-19 influenza season.

Cedars-Sinai, Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital were three of only 23 hospitals in the county to achieve this goal.

At Cedars-Sinai, including the Medical Network, 17,656 employees were vaccinated, representing a compliance rate of 97.99%. Marina del Rey Hospital employees reported a rate of 95%, an improvement of 3% over last year.

"It's a tremendous honor to have our collective efforts recognized for a second year in a row," said Cindy Chavira, executive director of the Department of Medicine and Women's Services, who accepted the award on behalf of Cedars-Sinai at a ceremony on Dec. 9. "We work diligently throughout the year to ensure our process is smooth for staff, faculty and contractors to obtain the highest levels of compliance. I'm proud to say that every year we have increased our compliance rates."

During the 2018-19 flu season, roughly 65 other county hospitals did not meet the 90% flu vaccination goal for healthcare workers set by a national program called Healthy People 2020, which seeks to increase immunization rates and reduce preventable infectious diseases.

"By requiring the influenza vaccine for all of our staff and healthcare providers, we send a message that influenza is dangerous," said Jonathan Grein, MD, director of Hospital Epidemiology. "It also highlights our commitment to do everything we can to protect not just our patients, but our healthcare providers, staff and the community."