Influenza (flu) is a contagious infection of the respiratory system, caused by the influenza virus. Influenza can sometimes cause serious complications in patients, especially those who are younger than 5 years, older than 65 years or also have other illnesses.
The flu shot is the most effective way to prevent influenza.
Our goal is to ask every patient who comes into the hospital whether they’ve gotten the flu shot. For patients who haven’t gotten the shot, we ask to give them this vaccine while they are in the hospital, unless it is medically unsafe to do so.
We’ve made these steps part of our “standard work,” which means consistently following them with every patient.
We measure how often our caregivers are following these steps with patients in the hospital. A higher number is better.