Inpatient Influenza Immunizations

Up to 1 in 5 people in the United States get influenza every season (CDC, Key Facts). Each year an average of approximately 226,000 people in the US are hospitalized with complications from influenza and between 3,000 and 49,000 die from the disease and its complications (Thompson WW, 2003). Combined with pneumonia, influenza is the nation’s 8th leading cause of death (Heron, 2012). Up to two-thirds of all deaths attributable to pneumonia and influenza occur in the population of patients that have been hospitalized during flu season regardless of age (Fedson, 2000). The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends seasonal influenza vaccination for all persons 6 months of age and older to highlight the importance of preventing influenza. Vaccination is associated with reductions in influenza among all age groups (Kostova, 2013). The influenza vaccination is the most effective method for preventing influenza virus infection and its potentially severe complications. Screening and vaccination of inpatients is recommended, but hospitalization is an underutilized opportunity to provide vaccination to persons 6 months of age or older.

Data Submission & Deadlines

The flu season is defined as October 1 through March 31.

Inpatient Immunization MeasureREPORT THROUGHREPORTING FREQUENCYRESOURCE LINKS
IMM-2 :Inpatients assessed and given
influenza vaccination
CART to Quality NetQuarterlyIMM-2 Paper Abstraction Tool
IMM-2 Specifications Manual
ICD 10 Codes & CPT Tables
Complete Inpatient Specification Manual
Inpatient Due DatesQ1Q2Q3Q4
Report to:CMSCMSCMSCMS
IMM-2August 15November 15February 15May 15

Improvement Projects

Inpatient Influenza Immunization Quality Improvement Study (QIS) (2017-2018)


Resources

Standing Orders for Administering Influenza Vaccine to Adults

10 Tips to Implementing Standing Orders for Immunization

Live Flu Vaccine Information Statement

Inactive Flu Vaccine Information Statement