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Vaccine. 2011 May 9;29(20):3703-7. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2011.03.021. Epub 2011 Mar 22.

2009-2010 seasonal and pandemic A (H1N1) influenza vaccination among healthcare workers.

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  • 1Occupational Health and Prevention Department, Fundación Jiménez Díaz Hospital, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain. tcampo@fjd.es


Influenza vaccination recommendations are traditionally met with low compliance by healthcare workers (HCWs). The aim of this study is to analyze influenza vaccination among HCWs following a vaccination strategy characterized by an increased effort to maximize the hospital vaccination rate. For this, 2009-2010 seasonal and pandemic influenza vaccination rates among 2739 HCWs at a tertiary university hospital were evaluated. The seasonal influenza vaccination rate was 26.7% (48.3% increase vs. 2008-2009, p=0.0000), and 14.8% in the case of pandemic influenza. HCWs with direct patient contact showed similar seasonal (25.7%) and pandemic (15.4%) influenza vaccination rates compared to the overall rates. Physician vaccination displayed the highest rate, showing significant differences vs. total rate (38.3%, p=0.0007 for seasonal, and 32.2%, p=0.0000 for pandemic influenza). The areas in which the vaccination strategy was most active reflected a significant increase (32.6%, p=0.0056 for seasonal, and 25.2%, p=0.0000 for pandemic influenza). It therefore appears that more active campaigns might increase influenza vaccination among HCWs.

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