ELIZABETH, NJ - New Jersey Department of Health Principal Deputy Commissioner Jackie Cornell, paid a special visit to Trinitas Regional Medical Center on Monday to speak to staff about the importance of flu vaccination and prevention, and commend the hospital on its high staff vaccination rate.
On behalf of the Acting Health Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner Cornell commended the efforts of Trinitas for contributing to the health of the community by striving for 100% compliance in the employee flu vaccination rate.
“New Jersey is seeing the highest number of flu cases in recent years,” said Cornell, to a group of Trinitas employees and members of the media. “We are here today because we want to highlight best practices in combating the flu. We congratulate Trinitas on its 97% staff vaccination rate. You are setting an example.”
Further, Cornell announced that her department is planning to present Trinitas with the new “Healthcare Innovators Award” in the near future.
Highlights of the meeting can be viewed below.
The New Jersey Department of Health recommends that all health care personnel get vaccinated annually against influenza. Ninety-seven percent of the Trinitas staff have been vaccinated against flu. The remaining three percent includes those with medical and religious exemptions.
Health care personnel get vaccinated, not only to protect themselves, but to also protect those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain illnesses.
The NJ Health Department has launched its #FighttheFluNJ[twitter.com] campaign to encourage residents to get vaccinated and take steps to prevent the spread of flu, which includes social media, posters, and digital billboards across the state.
For more information about influenza, including where to find the vaccine, visit the Department’s flu website at http://nj.gov/health/cd/topics/flu.shtml[nj.gov].