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AAOHN J. 2009 Aug;57(8):308-12. doi: 10.3928/08910162-20090729-05.

Developing a "best practice" influenza vaccination program for health care workers--an evidence-based, leadership-modeled program.

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  • 1Occupational Health Services, Cook Children's Health Care System, Fort Worth, TX, USA.


Transmission of influenza among health care workers is a well-documented problem. Influenza vaccination is an effective intervention to reduce the influenza burden; however, vaccination rates remain low among health care workers. The challenge for occupational health nurses is how to increase health care workers' vaccination rates. This article describes the key components of a successful influenza program at a large integrated health care system. A multidisciplinary team developed and implemented an evidence-based, leadership-modeled program that led to improvement in health care workers' vaccination rates from 66% to 77% in year one and from 77% to 84% in year two.

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