February 2010

Mercy Achieves Nearly Perfect Flu Vaccination Compliance

Des Moines, IA

More than 7,000 people who deliver care at Mercy Medical Center have received seasonal flu vaccinations, making the organization 99.8 percent compliant with its seasonal flu initiative. To enhance patient protection, employees either received a seasonal flu vaccination or will use personal protective equipment (PPE) when providing care. PPE allows employees who request vaccination exemptions for medical or religious reasons to remain at patients' bedsides during influenza season. The 2009-2010 flu season is the first time seasonal flu vaccine has been mandated for Mercy employees, physicians, medical residents, vendors and contractors. For more information, contact Gregg Lagan, glagan@mercydesmoines.org.