The Oklahoma Hospital Association recently recognized W.W. Hastings Hospital for vaccinating more than 96 percent of its staff with flu shots and preventing the spread of the common illness.
The tribal hospital is among 47 in the state to meet the association’s annual challenge to vaccinate 96 percent of health care staff during the flu season.
More than 800 staff at W.W. Hastings Hospital were vaccinated.
According to a press release for the Oklahoma Hospital Association, hospitalized patients are particularly vulnerable to the dangers of influenza because their immune systems are often compromised by the illness that caused their admission or by the treatments they are undergoing.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that influenza is responsible for between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations, and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths annually since 2010.