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March 9, 2011

A Multifaceted Mandatory Patient Safety Program and Seasonal Influenza Vaccination of Health Care Workers in Community Hospitals

JAMA. 2011;305(10):999-1000. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.244

To the Editor: Seasonal influenza is the leading cause of vaccine-preventable death in the United States.1 Since health care workers can contribute to the spread of seasonal influenza among vulnerable patients, US national health objectives for 2010 included a target vaccination rate for health care workers of 60%.2 However, reaching and exceeding this goal has been difficult.