Employee vaccination rates highest in Newport, South County hospitals

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Newport and South County Hospitals report the highest employee flu vaccination rates in Rhode Island for the 2009-2010 season.

The state's average flu vaccination rate for hospital employees is 61 percent, while Newport and South County hospital employee vaccination rates were over 80 percent.

Peter Hanney, Communications Coordinator for the Rhode Island Department of Health, says the department is looking to improve the state's averages.

Memorial Hospital's vaccination rate is also better than average with nearly 72 percent coverage.

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