The purpose of this document is to help hospitals define their process for complying with the New York State immunization standards provided in 10 NYCRR §2.59; to reduce and prevent the transmission of influenza among health care personnel, patients, visitors, and family members, thereby reducing infections, morbidity, and absenteeism; and to reduce and prevent influenza-related deaths, especially in vulnerable groups such as children, the elderly, and in those with compromised immune systems.