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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2006 Nov;27(11):1278-80. Epub 2006 Oct 17.

Factors that influence influenza vaccination among healthcare workers in a French geriatric hospital.

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  • 1Pole Gerontologie et Soins Palliatifs, Hopital Paul Brousse, Villejuif, France.


In a geriatric hospital in France, only 80 (21%) of 390 healthcare workers (HCWs) were vaccinated against influenza. Predictive factors for accepting influenza vaccination were occupation as a physician (odds ratio [OR], 9.79), previous receipt of influenza vaccination (OR, 36), and desire to protect their own health (OR, 2.42) and residents' health (OR, 3.68). Predictive factors for refusing influenza vaccination were occupation as a nurse (OR, 6.41) or nursing assistant (OR, 4.04) and belief that homeopathic medication is more effective than the vaccine (OR, 5.75).

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