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Health care personnel are an important source of transmission of the influenza virus in the health care setting, and annual influenza vaccination is an effective method of preventing influenza virus infection and its potentially serious complications.
As a condition of licensure, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) regulations require all licensed healthcare facilities to:
DPH has established an overall minimum performance goal of 90% influenza vaccination coverage rate for all health care personnel at licensed health care facilities. This performance goal aligns with the National Healthy People 2020 target of 90% influenza coverage of HCP, and is intended to advance patient and health care personnel health and safety by ensuring optimal influenza vaccination coverage.
Beginning with the 2017-2018 influenza season, Adult Day Health Programs, Non-ambulatory surgical center Clinics, Nursing Homes, and Rest Homes may only submit influenza vaccination reports through the web-based application SurveyMonkey.® No other form of submission will be accepted.
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For guidance about the new submission process and detailed instructions about how to report in this new format, please see:
The deadline for data submission is April 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm.
DPH has made this transition from a paper-based system to an electronic web-based system to improve the accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of reporting. The required metrics have been updated to better align with federal reporting categories established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Influenza Vaccination Data Submission Deadline: April 15, 2018
All licensed hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, and dialysis centers are required to report health care worker influenza vaccination data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).
All licensed adult day health programs, non-ambulatory surgical center clinics, nursing homes, and rest homes may only submit influenza vaccination reports through the web-based application SurveyMonkey.®
While all personnel, including non-employee personnel, must be offered influenza vaccine, the reportable measure of effectiveness is based on employees, as defined by the payroll.
For the purposes of the vaccination program, employee is defined as: