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Vaccine. 2011 May 23;29(23):4008-12. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2011.03.069. Epub 2011 Apr 2.

Monitoring pandemic influenza A(H1N1) vaccination coverage in Germany 2009/10 - results from thirteen consecutive cross-sectional surveys.

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Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch-Institute, Berlin, Germany.


To monitor pandemic influenza A(H1N1) vaccine uptake during the vaccination campaign in Germany 2009/10, thirteen consecutive cross-sectional telephone-surveys were performed between November 2009 and April 2010. In total 13,010 household-interviews were conducted. Vaccination coverage in persons >14 years of age remained low, both in the general population (8.1%; 95%CI: 7.4-8.8) and in specific target groups such as healthcare workers and individuals with underlying chronic diseases (12.8%; 95%CI: 11.4-14.4). Previous vaccination against seasonal influenza was a main factor independently associated with pandemic influenza vaccination (Odds ratio=8.8; 95%CI: 7.2-10.8). The campaign failed to reach people at risk who were not used to receive their annual seasonal influenza shot.

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