Influenza vaccination of future healthcare workers: A cross-sectional study of uptake, knowledge and attitudes.

DL Blank, DM Bodansky, A Forbes, E Garde, F Story, Andrea Roalfe, Lynda Tait

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    Abstract

    Promotional campaigns recommend immunisation against influenza in healthcare workers (HCWs) but the uptake in this group remains low. We conducted a survey study during the 2008-2009 influenza vaccination period amongst future HCWs to quantify uptake and identify barriers to immunisation. Overall uptake was 8.0% (95% CI 5.9-10.8%), which is lower than the uptake amongst current HCWs (13.4%) and short of current government targets (75%). Knowledge about influenza was good but insufficient to encourage HCWs to get vaccinated. Promotional campaigns are needed that emphasise the role of vaccination in personal and patient protection.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4668-4672
    JournalVaccine
    Volume28
    Issue number29
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2010

    Keywords

    • Influenza vaccination
    • Healthcare workers
    • Public health

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