UHD Earns FluSafe Blue Ribbon
Posted: 8-31-2016 2:30PM
UHD has been recognized by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for our efforts in protecting our patients from influenza. UHD is among 153 hospitals and nursing homes in the state recognized by MDH for achieving high influenza vaccination rates among facility employees during the 2015-16 flu season. 93% of UHD employees received their influenza vaccinations this past flu season. A blue ribbon is given to those facilities that reach vaccination rates of 90 percent or greater. According to state health officials, unvaccinated health care workers can potentially pass highly contagious influenza to their patients, many of whom are at high risk of complications from influenza. According to Raina Juba, RN, Infection Control Nurse for UHD "Our patients' health is our top priority and participating in the FluSafe program helps us increase employee influenza vaccination rates and prevent flu from spreading to our patients." Obtaining their influenza vaccines is just one way that the staff at UHD is "committed to care, committed to you."