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Honor Roll for Safety

The Honor Roll for Safety recognizes organizations that have mandated vaccinations for their employees. To be included in the honor roll, organizations must encourage Center for Disease Control (CDC) vaccination recommendations and require employees to submit immunization records.

Honorees with immunization accountability for staff:

 

  • Family Wellness Center 

      Ask all staff to provide proof of immunity for Measles, Mumps, Hepatitis B, Influenza, Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis, and Varicella. The clinic offered a free lunch for all staff if 90% participation was reached. They offer CDC recommended immunizations for all employees as well as titers to prove immunity. The clinic immunized 80% of their staff against the flu this year. The clinic will now ask new employees to provide proof of immunity for all CDC recommended vaccines upon hire.

  • Clark County Fire and Rescue                                             Cheryl Carrol, Infection Control Nurse

      Ask all staff to provide proof of immunity for Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Influenza, Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis, and Varicella. Employees who refuse to submit immunization records must submit a declination statement for each vaccine refused. They offer CDC recommended immunizations for all agency personnel as well as titers to prove immunity. Cheryl Carrol conducts a yearly immunization education for employees about blood borne pathogens and communicable diseases.

  • Country Campus Learning Center

      Ask all staff to provide proof of immunity for Pertussis. All new employees are required to obtain a Tdap immunization of present their immunization records for this vaccine upon hire.

  • Just Like Home Childcare and Preschool Inc.

      Addresses the importance of employee vaccination upon hire and explain that it is necessary to be proactive in disease prevention to protect the children in their care.

If your facility has employee vaccination policies in place and would like to be featured on our Honor Roll, please email Caitlin Martin at caitlin.martin@clark.wa.gov.

Position statement

Clark County Public Health has spoken: encouraging vaccination for all healthcare workers is imperative!

In the past year, vaccine preventable diseases have been on the rise in Clark County. Low immunization rates contribute to rise. The CDC recommends that all people working with children, the elderly and the ill, be able to provide proven immunity for the following vaccines:

  • Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis also known as whooping cough)
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)
  • Hep B, Varicella (chicken pox)
  • Influenza vaccine

And yet, less than 43% of healthcare workers receive the flu vaccine and 42,000 people die of vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States every year.

In investigating these cases, Clark County Public Health found that a large percentage of employees working in medical, dental, long term care and childcare settings did not have documented immunity to these diseases.

It is the professional and ethical responsibility of these facilities to prevent the spread of infectious pathogens to their population they serve through evidence-based infection prevention practices, including vaccination. This recommendation applies to all staff, regardless of whether they have direct client contact. It also applies to all students, volunteers, and contract workers.

The facilities listed on the Honor Roll for Safety strive to provide a safe environment for the population they serve by implementing policies that ensure staff  are immune to these diseases. They are key players in stopping the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases in our community.

 

 

 

Related information
  • Both measles and pertussis are on the rise. According to the CDC, in 2010, California saw 9,477 cases of pertussis, including ten infant deaths. In addition, during the first 19 weeks of 2011, 118 cases of measles were reported, the highest number reported for this period since 1996.
  • Washington State has the highest rate of childhood immunization exemptions in the country, according to a 2011 report by the CDC.
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