Hospitals Call For Flu Vaccine for Healthcare Reps
Effective October 1, 2011: All reps visiting hospitals requiring the influenza vaccine must have proof of their influenza vaccination uploaded into the Vendormate system.
Fortunately, preparations for the 2011-2012 Flu Season are going better than last year. Last year’s supply shortages meant that the medical community focused on getting the highest risk populations, such as the elderly, vaccinated before supplies ran out.
This year, however, manufacturers are already shipping what looks like a plentiful supply of this seasons vaccine. With supplies in good shape, hospitals and other medical care providers are expanding their call for nearly every one to get vaccinated. In fact, hospitals in Ohio and in Michigan are requiring the vaccine for most workers, barring religious or documented medical reasons. Non-compliance can lead to discipline or even job loss for these workers.
Hospitals take flu vaccines seriously because influenza /pneumonia are leading causes of death in the U.S. The CDC’s preliminary 2009 mortality figures place influenza / pneumonia as the 8th leading cause of death, causing more than 50,000 deaths that year. And while the workers at the hospitals may be able to withstand a bout of the flu, they can easily unintentional spread the virus to an already compromised patient who can’t.
These 45 health systems using Vendormate VISION for vendor credentialing currently have flu vaccine requirements in place for healthcare industry representatives in patient care areas. The requirement is typically annual, in place only during flu season, and has options for those who do not get vaccines for medical or religious reasons. Representatives should log into Vendormate VISION to see what each system requires specifically.