RARITAN TWP., NJ - Hunterdon Medical Center was recently awarded the 2018-2019 New Jersey Influenza Honor Roll because of their stellar employee influenza vaccine program and compliance rates.

“We are very proud that the percentage of all staff (employees, licensed independent practitioners, and volunteers) that received the flu vaccine throughout Hunterdon Healthcare was 97 percent in the 2017-2018 season," said Lisa Rasimowicz, the Director of Infection Prevention at HMC. "This surpassed the state reported adherence percentage of only 87 percent, the national reported adherence percentage of only 89 percent, and the Healthy People 2020 goal of at least 90 percent. In fact, since implementing our mandatory flu vaccine program in 2013-2014, our vaccination compliance has always exceeded these benchmarks,”   

In 2017, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) launched the Influenza Honor Roll to recognize institutions that are striving to promote influenza awareness and prevention within their communities. The New Jersey Influenza Honor Roll is open to four categories of honorees: Institutions of education; businesses; community-based organizations; and medical facilities. Hunterdon Medical Center was one of only four hospitals to be awarded.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to hospitalization and death.  While most healthy people recover from the flu without complications, some people are at high risk for serious complications from the flu. The best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu vaccine every year.  Getting vaccinated yourself also protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like pregnant women, babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.