Quality and Safety
St. Luke's Boise / Meridian Medical Centers
Percent of Pneumonia Patients Assessed and Given
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 which are generally collected throughout the year.