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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 1996 Jul;17(7):431-3.

Influenza vaccination of medical residents at the University of Virginia: 1986 to 1994.


During the 9-year period from 1986 to 1994, medical residents at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center were offered free influenza vaccine in the General Medicine Clinic (GMC). Vaccination rates rose from 24% in 1986 to 99% in 1991. With changes in the GMC staff, the rates during the next 2 years dropped to 82% and 63%, respectively. Renewed attention to the vaccination program in 1994 led to a vaccination rate among eligible residents of 97%. Although the Employee Health Service also conducted its own vaccination programs for Hospital Personnel, the GMC accounted for most of the influenza vaccinations given to the medical residents throughout the 9-year period. The success of the GMC program demonstrates the importance of offering influenza vaccine to healthcare workers at their worksites and of focused responsibility to ensure that this is done.

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