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Impact of New York State Influenza Mandate on Influenza-Like Illness, Acute Respiratory Illness, and Confirmed Influenza in Healthcare Personnel

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 August 2017

Rachel A. Batabyal
Affiliation:
Komansky Center for Children’s Health, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York
Juyan J. Zhou
Affiliation:
Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York
Joy D. Howell
Affiliation:
Department of Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
Luis Alba
Affiliation:
Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York
Helen H. Lee
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York Department of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York Workforce Health and Safety, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York
E. Yoko Furuya
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York Department of Infection Prevention and Control, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York
Melissa S. Stockwell
Affiliation:
Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York Department of Population and Family Health, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York.
David P. Calfee
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York Department of Infection Prevention and Control, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York
Claire E. Brown
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
Aziza Craan
Affiliation:
Workforce Health and Safety, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York
Lisa Saiman*
Affiliation:
Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York Department of Infection Prevention and Control, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York
*
Address correspondence to Lisa Saiman, MD MPH, Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center, 650 West 168th Street PH 4 West Room 470, New York, New York 10032 (LS5@cumc.columbia.edu).

Abstract

In 2013, New York State mandated that, during influenza season, unvaccinated healthcare personnel (HCP) wear a surgical mask in areas where patients are typically present. We found that this mandate was associated with increased HCP vaccination and decreased HCP visits to the hospital Workforce Health and Safety Department with respiratory illnesses and laboratory-confirmed influenza.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2017;38:1361–1363

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© 2017 by The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. All rights reserved 

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Footnotes

PREVIOUS PRESENTATION. Presented in part as oral presentation at IDWeek, New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 29, 2016.

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