Influenza Vaccine

influenza vaccine

The Reading Hospital percentages displayed in this graph reflect discharges during first quarter 2011. State and national rates from the US Department of Health & Human Services are for discharges between October 2009 through March 2010.

Why is this important?

Flu shots reduce the risk of influenza, a serious and sometimes deadly lung infection that can spread quickly in a community or facility. Hospitals should check to make sure that pneumonia patients, particularly those who are age 50 or older, get a flu shot during flu season to protect them from another lung infection and to help prevent the spread of influenza.

Since a flu shot is effective for just one flu season, the period of time used to calculate this rate is the flu season (from approximately November through March), in contrast to other measures on Hospital Compare, which are generally collected throughout the year.