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Med J Aust. 2007 Feb 19;186(4):185-6.

Influenza vaccine coverage among health care workers in Victorian public hospitals.

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VICNISS Coordinating Centre, Melbourne, Victoria. ann.bull@mh.org.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess influenza vaccine uptake among health care workers in Victorian public hospitals in 2005.

DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS:

Infection control staff in all Victorian public hospitals were asked to collect standardised data on numbers of non-casual staff and vaccinations administered to these staff during the 2005 vaccination period.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Proportion of total non-casual staff vaccinated; proportion of non-casual staff vaccinated in various staff categories.

RESULTS:

Seventy-four of 122 hospitals or health services (85 individual campuses) submitted data for 63 330 non-casual staff. The overall proportion vaccinated in 2005 was 38%, ranging from 34% for non-clinical staff to 42% for laboratory staff.

CONCLUSION:

Vaccine uptake among staff in Victorian hospitals is low, and increased uptake is desirable to improve staff health and reduce the occurrence of hospital-acquired influenza and the risk to patients.

PMID:
17309419
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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