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Vaccine. 2010 Jun 23;28(29):4668-72. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2010.04.066. Epub 2010 May 6.

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

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  • 1Medical School, University of Birmingham, Vincent Drive, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, United Kingdom.


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.

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