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Am J Infect Control. 2009 Aug;37(6):484-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2008.12.004. Epub 2009 Apr 9.

Partnering with nursing service improves health care worker influenza vaccination rates.

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Epidemiology Department, The Christ Hospital, 2139 Auburn Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45219, USA.



Increasing the influenza vaccination rate in health care workers (HCWs) promotes patient safety as well as employee health. The average HCW influenza vaccination rate is approximately 35%. Various studies have analyzed the reasons for the low vaccination rate in HCWs and developed strategies aimed at increasing this rate.


At the study hospital, the Nursing Department was contacted to recruit influenza (flu) coordinators from the various hospital departments to coordinate administration of influenza vaccinations in their respective departments, with the aim of increasing HCW vaccination rates. The flu coordinators received education about the influenza vaccine along with lists of employees, vaccination supplies, and consent/declination forms. Each flu coordinator was responsible for contacting the employees in his or her department/unit. Both consent and declination responses were documented.


Of the hospital's 3238 employees (including physicians), a total of 2534 were contacted (78%). Of these, 2008 consented to receive the influenza vaccine and 526 declined. This represented a 37% increase in the total number of HCWs contacted and a 20% increase in vaccine recipients over the previous influenza season.


Partnering with the Nursing Department increased the accessibility to and acceptance of influenza vaccination among HCWs. The HCWs reported positive experiences about receiving the vaccine in the work environment.

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