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Occup Med (Lond). 2002 Aug;52(5):277-9.

Vaccination against influenza: UK health care workers not on-message.

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  • 1Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, The Medical School, Framlington Place, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH, UK.


Vaccination of health care workers against influenza is considered to be important as a means of protecting patients from nosocomial infection. Vaccine uptake rates have been reported to be no more than 40% and often between 20 and 30%. An evaluation of the performance of UK National Health Service trusts, following a governmental directive to implement vaccination during the winter of 2000-2001, has shown a poor uptake of vaccine. Reasons for accepting or declining vaccine are discussed. There is a need for global leadership on this issue to promote the value of vaccination and to change the behaviour of health care workers.

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